NM teachers challenge ban on criticism of tests

The Associated Press

SANTA FE — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a regulation that prohibits New Mexico teachers from disparaging standardized tests.

The lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department was filed Wednesday in Santa Fe District Court on behalf of five public school teachers and a parent.

The ACLU says the regulation restricts free speech and violates constitutional rights to due process and a public education.

The lawsuit says that teachers are permitted only to provide praise for tests and that parents are thus unable to obtain honest and accurate information about the impact of the tests on children.

The Department of Education has no immediate comment.