More school districts raise concerns over new teacher evaluations

From - By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - More school districts are coming forward with concerns about the state's new teacher evaluation system, saying the results may not be entirely accurate.
     The Pojoaque, Los Alamos and Moriarty-Edgewood school districts testified before a legislative committee yesterday. The districts said they found dozens of data errors that resulted in some teachers getting lower scores than they deserved.
     We asked the superintendent of the Moriarty-Edgewood School District, Tom Sullivan, to grade the state's new teacher evaluation system. "I think it has potential,” he said. “As far as the kinks that need to be ironed out I wouldn't give it more than a C at this point."
     Sullivan said his district found data errors on 40 teacher evaluations the state released last month. That's 26 percent of his teachers. Initially, 86 percent of his teachers were rated “effective” or above, but after the data is corrected he thinks it’ll be more than 90 percent.
     “I think there were some hurt feelings and some professional harm done,” he said. So where did the data errors come from?
     “I think with the number of errors it's certainly fair to assume there were some at each end,” he said. “I don't know if trying to affix blame on whose end is very productive. I would just like an acknowledgement that it was premature to release data that hadn't been reviewed more thoroughly."
     The state wasn’t quick to point the finger either. "I don't think it's appropriate to say who's at fault,” said Hanna Skandera, Secretary of Education. “I will say the data comes from the districts and we look to them to get accurate data and the evaluations are dependent on accurate data from our districts."  More

Twitter chatter ranks ABQ as meth capital

From - LBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - There are plenty of bad jokes about Albuquerque’s meth problem, and Breaking Bad likely didn't help. Now, a new study is calling Albuquerque the meth capital of the country based on what people around the country are tweeting about.
     When it comes to sin cities, a new social media study places Albuquerque on the map. According to an analysis posted on the Daily Dot’s website, the Duke City is the capital for meth based on Twitter chatter. “No I don’t think so, I strongly disagree with that,” said Krista Salt. “It’s probably just all about the whole TV show Breaking Bad.”
     Some locals speculate the reason the combination of “meth” and “Albuquerque” is mentioned so often on Twitter, is because of the show’s popularity. The study claims it looked at nearly half-a-million tweets about sex, drugs and alcohol to determine the country’s “vice capitals.”
     According to their data, Denver is pot city, Pittsburgh is known for booze and New Orleans and sex go together. While everyone knows meth is a problem in Albuquerque, is it really the meth capital?
     Albuquerque’s film office said fans of the show know the storyline doesn't glorify meth, but instead highlights the problems associated with the drug. One thing is certain, the show and the topic have spread beyond city limits.
     Albuquerque’s film office insists Breaking Bad has garnered lots of positive response from fans. They fly to Albuquerque from around the world, not to buy meth, but to visit the show’s local locations, like Walter White’s house. More