Superintendent accuses top education official of retaliation

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent for Santa Fe schools is speaking out against a top official from the state education department who singled out her school district in a report.

An annual report by the Public Education Department shows that more than half of Santa Fe schools received a D or F grade.

The Secretary-designate for the department Christopher Ruszkowski said in the report that when districts fare poorly, "you have to look at the superintendent."

Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia believes Ruszkowski's comments are a form of retaliation for her support of a lawsuit against the state education department.

When asked for comment on the accusations, Ruszkowski said in a statement that the Santa Fe school district should ask itself why the similarly-sized Gadsen Independent School District is doing better.

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