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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 11:01 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Tue Feb 18, 2014.

Hanna Skandera, New Mexico’s controversial secretary-designate of public education, will remain in office for a full four-year term without ever being confirmed by the state Senate.

Skandera’s confirmation bogged down Monday in the Senate Rules Committee because of a largely partisan divide. Three motions to send her nomination to the full 42-member Senate all failed.

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16 comments:

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:22 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Sorry, Emanuele:

    I was asking Mr. Salazar to cite the State law to which he so readily referred earlier this morning. I apologize for the misunderstanding that may have occurred in not addressing my reply directly to him.

    Your posts are quite succinct and your views are clear. Your opinions are a pleasure to read.

    I certainly agree that three qualified teachers are worth more than equal one unqualified secretary-designate and would do more for our children than Susana's political debt repayment pawn could ever contribute. Imagine if we had the equivalent of four years' Secretary-designate salary--$500,000--and spent it on one D school, leaving the decision making up to the teachers! I'll bet those kids could read.

     
  • Emanuele Corso posted at 4:24 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    ecorso Posts: 9

    $126,225.00

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 3:52 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Aren't you looking up that "state law" to which you referred earlier today?

    After all, if it is a "state law," I am fairly certain the other Cabinet Secretaries would like their salaries brought in line with the three that make as much as the designate, Ms. Skandera.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 3:20 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 641

    What's the "pay grade" for an unconfirmed and qualified "secretary-designate of education" in New Mexico? How about for a confirmed, qualified "secretary-designate of education" in New Mexico?

     
  • Emanuele Corso posted at 2:07 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    ecorso Posts: 9

    The "pay grade" for an unconfirmed and unqualified "secretary-designate of education" in New Mexico is $125,000.00/year. A qualified starting teacher, on the other hand, will make, on average, $32,000.00/ year. Also, keep in mind, for the starting teacher to obtain necessary qualifications such as a degree in Education, which Skandera does not have, the new teacher is probably in debt and will be for many years. For the same money as Skandera three teachers could be hired. The Dems have not brought the matter to a vote on the floor because they are obviously not certain they could get a turn down.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 1:23 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    While you are looking up that state law, I have found out a little bit about the pay of the CONFIRMED cabinet members. There are only three who are paid as much as the Secretary-designate Skandera: $126,250. Using the governor's Sunshine portal, one can see how some are more equal than others.

    Important posts such as the Secretaries of Homeland Security, Information Technology, Workforce Solutions, Children Youth and Families, Aging and Long-Term Services are at the very bottom as is, sadly, the Department of Indian Affairs.

    The taxpayers spend $2,437,837.623539 for the salaries of the Cabinet Secretaries and of course, the designate. See www.sunshineportal.com

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:21 pm on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Thank you, Mr. Salazar. Which state law is it that determines the salary of an unconfirmed secretary designate? Also, which state law determines their pay grade?

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:09 am on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 641

    The vote of no confidence didn't get a second, so it never happened.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:08 am on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 641

    Petitions don't vote in the legislature.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:07 am on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 641

    If her "lack of qualifications" was a real issue, she would have received the NO vote the first year.

    The teacher evaluations are a condition of opting out of NCLB, should we just go back to that train wreck?

    The pay grade is the same for one that is confirmed, because it's state law.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:39 am on Tue, Feb 18, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    Hilarious. Anytime the Democrats are really serious about getting rid of Skandera, they'll hold a full vote on her confirmation and collectively vote "no." Until then, their protests of her can't be taken seriously.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:25 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    "Hanna Skandera, New Mexico’s controversial secretary-designate of public education, will remain in office for a full four-year term without ever being confirmed by the state Senate."

    That first sentence of the article says it all. It will follow her wherever she goes, whether she includes it on her resume or not. Unacceptable to the people of New Mexico for four years? Does the lady have no pride?

    Aside from not meeting the job qualifications for her position, has anyone thought to see how she tests on those very same teacher evaluations that are now being given to our teachers?

    Additionally, if she is to remain the secretary-DESIGNATE, take away the blatant falsehood reflected on the taxpayers' paid-for website (PED), stationery and business cards that gives her the title of Secretary of Public Education. She that is not her job title. Her staff should not be made to address her as such.

    BTW: What is the pay-grade for a designate that will never be confirmed? Why?

    She is a substitute.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 4:43 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 284

    Democrats are so petty and shortsighted. Playing power politics with kids, education and money. What a hateful political party are Democrats and they are being stupid like the far right that they hate so much.
    When Valerie Plame start screwing with the Santa Fe local School Board you know the Democrats weren't just foolin' around.
    "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, We're not just foolin' around." Wow, this will come back to haunt the Democrats.

     
  • Dean Leh posted at 2:11 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    DeanLeh Posts: 2

    8,300 New Mexicans want an elected State Board of Education and declare ZERO CONFIDENCE in Hanna Skandera. http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-corporate-education-reforms-in-new-mexico

     
  • Pamela Alexander posted at 11:40 am on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    miamore Posts: 3

    She's a joke.

     
  • Emanuele Corso posted at 11:34 am on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    ecorso Posts: 9

    This vote which expressed "no confidence" says more about Republicans than they realize. The Dems voted for children, their families, and their teachers and not for the billionaires who invested in Martinez and Skandera and their mission to undermine public education in New Mexico. This same strategy is being played out all over the US and New Mexico can be proud of the Senators who see through the scam and voted their conscience.
    To them all I say, thanks for holding the line. Now let's find a way to send the woman packing of to her next "assignment" and hire someone who is an educator with bona fide educational credentials. The children of New Mexico deserve no less.

     
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