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Rally at the Roundhouse: Take Back our Public Schools

Posted by on February 15, 2014 | Comments Off on Rally at the Roundhouse: Take Back our Public Schools

Tweet of the Day: “The edu rally @NMLegislature can be heard loudly throughout the roundhouse! @Gov_Martinez , r u listening?? #nmleg– @NMSenate

New Mexico Education Rally Shakes the Roundhouse NMLeg

“It’s been over five years since teachers have had any kind of a raise, and in fact their paychecks have gone down, as we have also paid more into retirement and insurance,”

Rally at the Roundhouse Take Back our Schools

Another key issue is state versus local control of education money…it is better for local schools to determine spending because each school and district has its own set of needs, which may not fit into the state’s one-size-fits-all education model. – Public News Service

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NM’s Own: Best Costume Edition

Posted by on November 1, 2013 | Comments Off on NM’s Own: Best Costume Edition

Best Costume Winner - Hanna Skandera Halloween Costume

One Headlight Ink’s first annual COSTUME OF THE YEAR AWARD goes to “Hanna Skandera”, whipping teachers and ignoring students with her weapon of choice, “The Evaluator” – 50% testing (Scan-Trons), 40% red tape (evaluations), 10% attendance. Whippah!

Join the movement to communicate to our Governor that her un-confirmed pet appointee is sucking the life out of our state’s great teachers and marginalizing our children with her profiteering and pandering to corporate interests – who are buying her off in exchange for driving our teachers and children into the ground.

Sign the petition here.

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Picture of the Day:

Posted by on October 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Picture of the Day:

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Today in NM Education

Posted by on September 11, 2013 | Comments Off on Today in NM Education

PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATES FILE SUIT IN DISTRICT COURT AGAINST SECRETARY-DESIGNATE HANNA SKANDERA OVER THE NEW TEACHER EVALUATION RULE

New Mexico Education Advocates v. Skandera

Educators allege that Secretary-Designate violated her statutory authority by promulgating the PED’s teacher evaluation rule.

State House Representative Sheryl Williams-Stapleton, State Senator Linda Lopez, State Senator Howie Morales and a contingent of educators have filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus against Hanna Skandera, Secretary-Designate of the state’s Public Education Department (PED) seeking to invalidate the PED’s teacher evaluation policies that she enacted without legislative approval.

New Mexico teachers returned to school this year subject to a new evaluation system linking teacher performance to student test scores. According to the lawsuit, the Secretary-Designate surpassed her authority in promulgating the rule because the language of the rule conflicts with the plain language of New Mexico’s School Personnel Act. According to the Act, there must be a “highly objective uniform statewide standard for evaluation” of teachers.

While public school districts are required to use the new evaluation system, charter schools may apply for a waiver, creating distinctly different systems for evaluating teachers.

“Educators support teacher accountability and evaluations. As professionals, we want to learn and grow and provide all of our students with the best opportunities. But this rule isn’t aimed at promoting useful professional feedback for teachers. Its aim seems to be to drive teachers away from public education by creating a false accountability systems focused on shame and blame,” says AFT NM President Stephanie Ly.

In 2013, educators and lawmakers worked to pass a meaningful evaluation system through the legislator but it was vetoed by the governor. “Governor Martinez and Secretary-Designate Martinez have ignored the voices of students, parents and educators. Meanwhile educators are demoralized and leaving the profession and it is our students that are losing out.” says President Ly.

Related:

New Mexico Educators share concerns over Skandera with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – AFT

NM’s Education Secretary Caught in Dirty Dealings with the Bush Bros. – Washington Post

Virtual Schools Run by Corporations? Hanna Skandera’s Vision – La Jicarita

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NM Education Secretary caught in dirty dealings?

Posted by on January 31, 2013 | One comment

UPDATE 3/4/13: The confirmation hearing continues TODAY.

HUNDREDS of New Mexico educators testified for hours on Saturday, at the Senate Rules Confirmation Hearing of gubernatorial appointed Hanna Skandera. Can you take a moment to weigh-in?

(Call YOUR Senate Rules Committee to weigh-in)

Senator Linda M. Lopez – (D) linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov
Senator Daniel A. Ivey-Soto – (D) daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov
Senator Jacob R. Candelaria – (D) jacob.candelaria@nmlegis.gov
Senator Stuart Ingle – (R) stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov
Senator Mark Moores – (R) mark.moores@nmlegis.gov
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – (D) jortizyp@msn.com
Senator Cliff R. Pirtle – (R) cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov
Senator Clemente Sanchez – (D) clemente.sanchez@nmlegis.gov
Senator Michael S. Sanchez – (D) Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4727
Senator Sander Rue – (R) sanderrue@comcast.net

Click here for full contact information and individual representative websites.

UPDATE 3/2/13: the AP reports:

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – School workers made a show of opposition against Public Education Secretary designate Hanna Skandera as lawmakers consider whether to confirm her appointment by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

But a vote was delayed until sometime next week.

The Senate Rules Committee heard more public testimony on Saturday about Skandera, who’s been in charge of the Public Education Department since Martinez took office in 2011.

Skandera drew opposition from educational unions at Friday’s hearing, and teachers turned out in large numbers Saturday.

Opponents say Skandera doesn’t meet a constitutional requirement for an education secretary to be a “qualified, experienced educator.”

Skandera’s defenders, including some business leaders, say she has broad experience in educational policy although she’s never worked as a public school teacher.

The Senate last rejected a cabinet secretary in 1997, when Republican Gov. Gary Johnson was in office.

The hearing was moved to the Senate gallery to accommodate crowds for the public comment portion. As as a result, the full Senate floor meeting was cancelled.

UPDATE 2/1/13: Well, well, well…whaddaya’ know? Just one day after the news below was blown wide open by the Washington Post and NM Dems…NM ed chief Skandera OKs online school despite opposition – via KOB-TV

Unconfirmed-NM-Education-Secretary-Paid off

New Mexico Education Secretary, Hanna Skandera was nominated by Governor Susana Martinez, sans confirmations from the senate, two years ago.

Today the Washington Post has released a scathing story about the secretary’s less than savory dealings with an organization headed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, wherein Bush emails point to “working” with multiple state officials in re-writing education laws to “benefit some of its corporate funders.”

In response, the Democratic Party of New Mexico says, “Susana’s Secretary-designee Skandera is caught in the scandal — students suffer when education goes to the highest bidder.”

Here, in part is what the Post has uncovered:

• FEE provides its donors — including for-profit digital education companies — access to the chiefs. A draft agenda for the Excellence in Action 2011 Summit blocked off two hours for “Chiefs for Change donor meetings.” Another draft agenda for the meeting allocated nearly three hours to “Chiefs for Change donor meetings.” The donors for the summit were the Walton Family Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Carnegie Corp., Susan and Bill Oberndorf, GlobalScholar, Target, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Microsoft, State Farm, IQity, McGraw-Hill Education, Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, Intel, Pearson Foundation, Apex Learning, ETS, Electronic Arts, Koret Foundation, SMART Technologies, K12, Morgridge Family Foundation, Charter Schools USA and Connections Academy. Demand for donor time was so high that Patricia Levesque wrote that she had to turn down opportunities for the chiefs to meet other representatives from companies.

[Martinez appointee Skandera] Unconfirmed but still on the job – El Paso Times

Superintendents criticize NM education chief – El Paso Times

No confirmation, no problem – The Daily Times

• FEE staff served as advisers to acting education commissioner Hanna Skandera. FEE, and, by extension, its donors, had great influence over New Mexico legislation. In a Jan., 2011, e-mail, Skandera directs a staffer from the legislature to forward all education bills to FEE’s Christy Hovanetz for edits: “Can you send all Governor’s office ed bill language to Christy, including social promotion?” Another FEE staffer, Mary Laura Bragg, wrote to Skandera, “I’m at your beck and call.”

• The foundation sought to make connections between Skandera (as well as the other Chiefs for Change) and the Hume Foundation for funds for digital learning projects from Hume that “must flow through the Foundation for Excellence in Education as a project-restricted grant.” The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Oct. 21 that Skandera had indeed applied for such a grant, which ultimately could lead to digital learning legislation favorable to FEE funders Connections Academy and K-12 Inc.

• The e-mails indicate that FEE paid for Skandera’s travel, reimbursing New Mexico $3382.91 for her expenses, including trip to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress.

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