Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

APS Board Hopefuls Discuss Teacher Pay.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Garrett Ordower Journal Staff Writer

Candidates Tout Steps To Students' Success

Dropouts, teacher salaries and bureaucracy were the focus of school-board candidates Thursday night.

About 80 people attended a forum for candidates from Albuquerque Public Schools Districts 5, 6 and 7. It was organized by the East Region Citizens' Advisory Council.

"We currently do not pay our employees well, and it is beginning to take a toll on us," said District 3 incumbent Mary Lee Martin. "The best thing that can happen to a student is to have the best teacher available, and if we do not pay well, that can't happen."

District 3 candidate Michael Kruchoski said teachers get too much of the blame for students who don't succeed. …

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