Hanna Skandera

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Hanna Skandera
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New Mexico Secretary of Education
In office
2010 - Present
Years in position 5
Base salary$126,250
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 2010
Appointed byGov. Susana Martinez (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSonoma State University
Master'sPepperdine University's School of Public Policy
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Hanna Skandera is the New Mexico Secretary of Education. She has served in this position since 2010.[1] However, as of February 2013, she still had not been confirmed by the state Senate.[2]
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Skandera served as Florida's Deputy Commissioner of Education under Gov. Jeb Bush (R). She previously served as a senior policy advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Education and was Undersecretary for Education to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R). In the private sector, Skandera served as CEO of Laying the Foundation, a national teacher training program for teachers of English, mathematics and science, and was executive vice president at Academic Partnerships in Dallas, Texas.[3]


  • M.A., public policy, Graduate School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
  • B.A., business, Sonoma State University

Political career

New Mexico Secretary of Education (2010-present)

Skandera has served as acting New Mexico Secretary of Education since December 2010.[3]

Senate vote

Skandera faced a contentious confirmation hearing in the State Senate between her appointment by Governor Martinez and assuming the role of Secretary in December 2010.[4] In January 2014, in a State Senate controlled by Democrats, Skandera faced opposition from the majority party. “It’s a matter of principle,” said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, who has opposed Skandera's appointment due to Skandera's inexperience as an educator and classroom teacher. “She does not meet the qualifications by even the farthest reach of how you stretch the constitution,” Sanchez said. “We should follow our constitution. So I don’t think it’s a matter of futility. I think it’s principle that we should stand on.” Skandera, however, received support from Republican leaders in the state legislature.[4]



Skandera was appointed as New Mexico Secretary of Education by Gov. Susana Martinez (R) in December 2010.[3] As of February 2013, Skandera had yet to be confirmed by the state Senate.[2]

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New Mexico Secretary of Education
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