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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