Public Education Secretary Resigns
Now that Hanna Skandera is resigning as New Mexico’s public education secretary, the question is, what will her legacy be?
What kind of job did she do?
Skandera’s seven years as head of the education department have been tumultuous to say the least. She has been reviled by educators and teachers unions for her reform efforts, including PARC testing, school grades and teacher evaluations.
Others have praised Skandera for trying to bring accountability to the public education system and improving high school graduation rates.
There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to Skandera and her policies. Her opponents don’t like her and her supporters think she’s been great.
But in the end, what matters is not what the so-called experts think, but what citizens — parents, teachers, students and taxpayers — think.
So, please tell us what you think about the job Skandera has done. Good, bad or whatever. Leave your comments in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Update: On Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Deputy Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski will serve as acting cabinet secretary.
Prior to his service in New Mexico, Ruszkowski worked as a middle school social studies teacher and served for nearly six years at the Delaware Department of Education under former Democratic Governor Jack Markell.