Skandera awaits N.M. Senate Rule Comittee decision

Posted at: 03/09/2013 7:32 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness 4

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For the past two years, Education Secretary designate Hanna Skandera has sat unconfirmed while on the job. 

Now there are just days left before Skandera finds out if she will keep her position.

The Senate Rule Committee questioned Skandera Saturday for about three hours before finally breaking for the day. 

KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to Skandera after she said some on the committee were asking all the wrong questions.

It was a packed room in the Roundhouse Saturday, as Skandera answered questions about teacher evaluations, possible excessive travel expenses she charged and access to teacher emails.

“Are we going to continue this? What’s going to happen?” said Senator Clemente Sanchez. 

But after three hours of going back and forth, there’s still plenty of questions to be asked. “There’s still a lot of information that maybe we need to digest a little bit,” said Senator Linda Lopez.

But were the questions that were asked the right ones?  Skandera said no. “It wasn’t more focused on what’s possible for our state and our kids,” said Skandera. 

Skandera thinks it is all part of a political agenda. “I think that, I hope that it was apparent that this was what I would consider in some ways a political conversation and when we want to get back to kids, what’s right by our kids, creating change for our kids and creating change for our state. I welcome that opportunity,” added Skandera.

The committee will meet later this week to continue their questioning.

It’s possible for Skandera to continue in her role without a vote by the senate. If the governor decides to keep her, she can simply appoint her deputy cabinet secretary and leave the secretary position open.