SANTA FE — Often controversial Public Education Department Secretary Skandera will resign from the position later this month, after more than six years on the job.
According the Albuquerque Journal she will leave her post on June 20. Since Susana Martinez named her head of the Public Education Department, Skandera has seen much controversy with teachers unions and Democrats criticizing many of her education policies.
The public education head did not say what would be the next step in her career.
“This is not the end of something – it’s a baton pass of things that are already moving,” she told the Journal.
Martinez praised Skandera in a statement Thursday, saying “New Mexico’s students and schools are better off today” after Skandera’s time as head of PED, adding Deputy Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski will act as acting cabinet secretary once Skandera steps down.
National Education Association-New Mexico President Betty Patterson issued a statement.
“The teacher evaluation system she imposed, based on excessive standardized student tests, was a difficult decision which brought hardships and caused many teachers to leave the state and the profession,” Patterson said in a statement Thursday morning.
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