Proposal to eliminate education secretary goes to Senate

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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:11 am, Sun Feb 16, 2014.

A plan to eliminate the position of education secretary in favor of forming a state board of education, which would then appoint a superintendent to oversee New Mexico schools, is one step closer to reality.

On Saturday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 along party lines for a “do pass” recommendation of Senate Joint Resolution 2, introduced by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque. The panel’s four Republican members voted against the measure.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:34 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    "Some Republicans have said the proposed amendment is an effort by Democrats to get rid of Skandera."

    It would be funny if it weren't so sad. New Mexican Democrat legislators were happy to get rid of the state Board of Education back when Bill Richardson became governor. But now that a Republican is guv, and is likely to win a second term, they want their board and superintendent back.

    If Skandera is really so bad, let's have a full Senate vote on her confirmation so that the Democrats can band together, vote against confirming her, and be done with it.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:16 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    One of the best qualities of a leader is to know and understand the job responsibilities of those you are to lead. Sadly, Skandera hasn't a clue and has not fooled anyone in New Mexico but the governor for these past three years. The governor is not an educator either.

    Ms. Skandera may be a very nice person, but she does not know what teachers do, nor does she have an inkling of the classroom experience. Good bye and good luck--far away from here.


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