Senator seeks AG’s opinion on whether Skandera actions stray from state law

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 7:00 pm

State Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, has asked the attorney general to weigh in with an opinion on some of the actions of Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera.

Lopez chairs the Senate Rules Committee, which held three confirmation hearings on Skandera during the past legislative session without taking any action. Lopez has said the committee still has a lot of questions about some of Skandera’s decisions.

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  • erikhawkes posted at 11:39 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    erikhawkes Posts: 27

    skandera pt8 (AG opinion)

  • NativeNM posted at 9:37 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    NativeNM Posts: 1

    As an ex-employee who previously worked under Skandera I can say she definitely gives off the impression that she is 'untouchable' under Martinez and her minions brought in with the new administration. Word regarding the Education department is during her 'confirmation' hearing that she brought in management one by one for a fishing expedition because she heard that some were against her...SO SHE ACCUSED all of them hoping one would fold and 'tell' on themselves. She conducted a witch hunt. So it's more than this article - she is trying to put fear in these educators that work for her, personalizing remarks when she should worry about professionalism and what's best for the children. Everyone can't like you, but you have a job to do. And believe me when I say, those employees have had it. They are fleeing Education at the first opportunity, which is sad, many were past educators with graduate degrees who truly cared, who did not have an agenda that just included themselves and what will look good on their resume.

  • Van Hall posted at 8:27 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Van Hall Posts: 24

    As opposed to doing the same thing over and over with the current system and expecting it to improve.

    New Mexico is at the bottom of the barrel in most aspects of education, why not use some new ideas to fix what is broken?

  • New Mexican posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    New Mexican Posts: 11

    Republicans are known to be anti public education so New Mexicans need to be carefull with appointees by a governor such as Martinez. Republicans would do away with the public educational system and New Mexicans cannot do wwith that. Hiring someone who is intent on that is dangerous.

  • erikhawkes posted at 4:50 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    erikhawkes Posts: 27

    skandera pt7 (forecast: HB 392 veto)

  • geraldbsantafe posted at 7:55 pm on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    geraldbsantafe Posts: 3

    Hanna Skandera and her new fangled ideas are certainly not needed here! The notion of teacher evaluation and actually requiring a certain level of reading ability for students has no place in a state at the top of all the education metrics.


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