ATF, along with its state affiliate AFT NM and three New Mexico Legislators, has filed in District Court, a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus against the Secretary-Designate of the NM Public Education Department. The action seeks to invalidate the PED’s teacher evaluation policies enacted through rule change enacted without legislative approved statutory authority. Once filed, a response is a mandatory requirement. The following documents are that responses filed with District court from the PED and Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera. If the Court rules favorably on the petition, it could direct the PED to stop the implementation of the rule. The District court will now take up the matter in a hearing scheduled for November 21, 2013.