I wrote the following letter to the ABQ Journal today: NM PED Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera has joined three former and one current appointed state education heads in filing an Amicus brief to support the case of the Vergara v. California lawsuit.
Here is background: http://laschoolreport.com/supporters-of-vergara-lawsuit… .
Hanna Skandera has joined this lawsuit in her official capacity as secretary of education.
Who paid for the lawyers that prepared and filed this brief? What interests do they represent not only in California but in other states as well? At a time when there is a teacher shortage in many New Mexico districts and educators throughout New Mexico are struggling to meet mandates put in by rule and not by the State Legislature, how can such involvement be justified by the Governor? Ms. Skandera needs to listen to teachers in New Mexico instead of going back to California to join a lawsuit that seeks to destroy the professional unions that advocate for educators and the students and families they serve. This lawsuit and the involvement of Ms. Skandera is a deliberate arrow in the morale of teachers across this state and country. Shame on her.
http://studentsmatter.org/…/Amici-Brief-filed-9.15.15.pdf . Here is the brief on which Hanna Skandera is a co-submitter in her official role as NM PED secretary of education.