i sent the following four questions to two news sites, the governor's office, the public education department, and some place called chiefs for change.
1. is "education chief" an official title for ms. skandera?
2. is "Secretary-designate at the New Mexico Public Education Department" an official title for ms. skandera?
3. does ms. skandera need to be approved by the legislature or some other body to become the official education secretary for new mexico?
4. how can [Secretary-Designate of Education] overrule the state Public Education Commission?
... to my surprise, the public education department responded (twice).
Julia Rosa Emslie, Director
Strategic Initiatives & Constituent Services Help Desk
New Mexico Public Education Department
PED answers are:
1. NO Secretary-Designate of Education
2. NO Secretary-Designate of Education
3. NO 9-24-5 B
4. YES 22-8B-7 C
1. Answer: Her official title is Secretary-Designate of Education.
2. Answer: See number 1.
3. Answer: 9-24-5 . Secretary; appointment.
A. The administrative head of the department is the "secretary of public education", who shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate and who shall serve in the executive cabinet.
B. An appointed secretary shall serve and have all of the duties, responsibilities and authority of that office during the period of time prior to final action by the senate confirming or rejecting his appointment History: Laws 2004, ch. 27, § 5.
4. Answer: 22-8B-7
22-8B-7. Appeal of denial, nonrenewal, suspension or revocation; procedures.
A. The secretary, upon receipt of a notice of appeal or upon the secretary's own motion, shall review decisions of a chartering authority concerning charter schools in accordance with the provisions of this section.
B. A charter applicant or governing body that wishes to appeal a decision of the chartering authority concerning the denial, nonrenewal, suspension or revocation of a charter school or the imposition of conditions that are unacceptable to the charter school or charter school applicant shall provide the secretary with a notice of appeal within thirty days after the chartering authority's decision. The charter school applicant or governing body bringing the appeal shall limit the grounds of the appeal to the grounds for denial, nonrenewal, suspension or revocation or the imposition of conditions that were specified by the chartering authority. The notice shall include a brief statement of the reasons the charter school applicant or governing body contends the chartering authority's decision was in error. Except as provided in Subsection E of this section, the appeal and review process shall be as follows within sixty days after receipt of the notice of appeal , the secretary, at a public hearing that may be held in the school district in which the charter school is located or in which the proposed charter school has applied for a charter , shall review the decision of the chartering authority and make findings. If the secretary finds that the chartering authority acted arbitrarily or capriciously, rendered a decision not supported by substantial evidence or did not act in accordance with law, the secretary may reverse the decision of the chartering authority and order the approval of the charter with or without conditions. The decision of the secretary shall be final.
C. The secretary, on the secretary's own motion, may review a chartering authority's decision to grant a charter . Within sixty days after the making of a motion to review by the secretary, the secretary, at a public hearing that may be held in the school district in which the proposed charter school that has applied for a charter will be located, shall review the decision of the chartering authority and determine whether the decision was arbitrary or capricious or whether the establishment or operation of the proposed charter school would:
(1) violate any federal or state laws concerning civil rights;
(2) violate any court order; or
(3) threaten the health and safety of students within the school district.
D. If the secretary determines that the charter would violate the provisions set forth in Subsection C of this section, the secretary shall deny the charter application. The secretary may extend the time lines established in this section for good cause. The decision of the secretary shall be final.
E. If a chartering authority denies an application or refuses to renew a charter because the public school capital outlay council has determined that the facilities do not meet the standards required by Section 22-8B-4.2 NMSA 1978, the charter school applicant or charter school may appeal the decision to the secretary as otherwise provided in this section; provided that the secretary shall reverse the decision of the chartering authority only if the secretary determines that the decision was arbitrary, capricious, not supported by substantial evidence or otherwise not in accordance with the law.
F. A person aggrieved by a final decision of the secretary may appeal the decision to the district court pursuant to the provisions of Section 39-3-1.1
History: Laws 1999, ch. 281, § 7; 2005, ch. 221, § 5; 2006, ch. 94, § 34.
... so according to PED, Hanna Skandera (Secretary-designate) don't need no Senate (confirmation) and don't need no public education commission neither.
... i don't like it ... it stinks ... but that is where i am leaving it for now.
... good job Julia Rosa Emslie, Director.
.... thank you for your time.
[local news article]
Skandera OKs online school despite opposition
"New Mexico education chief Hanna Skandera, overruling the state Public Education Commission this week, will allow a new all-online charter school to open in the fall."