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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:05 pm, Tue Apr 30, 2013.

Despite the cheerful greeting on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website, Hanna Skandera is not the Cabinet secretary of public education. She has not been confirmed. By law, without Senate confirmation, a gubernatorial appointee who is unconfirmed is not the secretary. Thus, the title Secretary-designate Skandera.

With little fuss, and without telling anyone, the greeting on the website was changed — so was department letterhead and other official paperwork. On the site, Skandera’s greeting is, “as the secretary of education, I call on every educator, student, parent, community member and public servant to share in the responsibility for the success of our children and, ultimately, the future of the great state of New Mexico.”

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4 comments:

  • Steve Salazar posted at 1:21 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 658

    Those grapes must be really sour.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:45 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Let's call her Wallis.

     
  • marryann montoya posted at 3:44 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    maryannmontoya Posts: 29

    Regarding Hanna Skandera. I don't understand why the there isn't a vote. If there is a vote and the vote is "NO" then she cannot collect the benefits (pay, PERA, Healthcare, state car, decisions for our Public Education, etc, etc). But because there isn't a vote Skandera could care less what title she has. She is collecting the pay and benefits. You can call her a custodian for all she cares. she is still given the authority to make decisions regarding our public education system.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 7:12 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 335

    Regarding Secretary “designate” Hanna Skandera”: There once was a woman in a similar situation; her name was Wallis Simpson. No matter how hard she tried, she would never be Queen. Finally, her husband gave up his throne if his people would not let her be Queen. When he realized that the Powers that Be would not even let her be “Her Royal Highness”, he forced people within his hearing to use that styling anyway.
    True Royalists of the time wouldn’t dare address use HRH or curtsey to the pretender. An Anglophile neighbor of mine often says, “I can call myself the Queen of England, but I doubt anyone will courtesy.”

    Hanna? Wallis.

     
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