Susana Martinez: “I’m so pro-teacher it’s not even funny”

By Rob Nikolewski on November 7, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — A teacher evaluation plan promoted by Gov. Susana Martinez has sparked protests from some educators and unions accusing Martinez and the Public Education Department of being anti-teacher but Martinez defended her reform measures, telling New Mexico Watchdog, “I’m so pro-teacher it’s not even funny.”
The Republican governor [...]

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Santa Fe teachers union calls $5,000 stipend program ‘disgusting’

By Rob Nikolewski on September 19, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — The Public Education Department has offered $5,000 to attract teachers from high-performing schools to teach at schools struggling to make the grade.
But the head of one teachers’ union called the idea “disgusting.”
The stipend program passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature earlier this year as part of a budget bill [...]

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Hanna Skandera confirmation running up against the clock

By Rob Nikolewski on March 12, 2013

The Hanna Skandera mini-series will resume Wednesday … maybe.
The long-running confirmation hearing for the secretary-designate of the Public Education Department (PED) is scheduled to resume in the Senate Rules Committee tomorrow but committee chairwoman Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, told reporters the hearing may get pushed back.
“We are scheduled for a hearing tomorrow,” Sen. Lopez told reporters [...]

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Will Skandera ever get a confirmation hearing? UPDATE: Gov’s office says Sen Sanchez “out of the mainstream”

By Rob Nikolewski on February 2, 2012

Now that Gregg Marcantel has been confirmed as the Secretary of the Corrections Department, the focus turns to two high-profile cabinet members who have not received confirmation hearings — most specifically, secretary-designate Hanna Skandera of the Public Education Department.
Senate Majority Floor leader Michael Sanchez (D-Albuquerque) talked to reporters Thursday morning (Feb. 2) and suggested that [...]

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