Skandera to speak at community dinner

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Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera will speak at a community dinner, 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Center, Room 203A, 4200 W. Jemez Road.

Some of the challenges and changes happening in New Mexico public education include Common Core. New Mexico, 45 other states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for public schooling. Common Core establishes new education guidelines and a different approach to learning, teaching and testing. The curriculum and the teaching and testing methods have resulted in much controversy, and the various aspects of Common Core are being debated across the country.

Skandera served as Deputy Commissioner of Education under former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. She has also served as a senior policy advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education. During former President George W. Bush’s administration, she assisted Secretary Margaret Spellings with policy development and implementation, strategy and communication. She also served as former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Undersecretary for Education.

The dinner is sponsored by the Los Alamos Republican Party. Everyone is welcome, and it is hoped that there will be attendees of all political perspectives.

Admission is $50 per person/$95 per couple. Reservations may be made by calling Lawry Mann, 662-4590, or Bill McKerley, 505-331-3686.

Checks can also be mailed to P.O. Box 832, Los Alamos, 87544. For more information, contact Bill McKerley.