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ALBUQUERQUE — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has made her pick for New Mexico’s next public education secretary — a woman who led school reforms in Florida.
Under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hanna Skandera implemented reforms at middle schools and high schools aimed at improving accountability and giving incentives for high academic performance while ending social promotions.
Martinez said reading scores in Florida
schools went up dramatically.
Bush, in a statement released after Skandera’s nomination to New Mexico’s top education job, called her “a passionate, effective advocate for improving student achievement.”
Martinez, a Republican, pledged during her campaign for governor to end social promotion, give merit pay to the best teachers and raise standards.
“There is no place more in need of major reform than our public school system,” Martinez said. “We will no longer throw more money at a failed system and expect different results.”
Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said he’s optimistic about Skandera’s plans for education in New Mexico.
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