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New Mexico Secretary of Education

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New Mexico Secretary of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $38,788,100
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article XII, Section 6
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Hanna Skandera
Assumed office:  2010
Compensation:  $126,250
Other New Mexico Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of Public LandsSecretary of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance SuperintendentSecretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural ResourcesSecretary of Workforce SolutionsPublic Regulation CommissionPublic Education Commission
The New Mexico Secretary of Education is an appointed state executive position in the New Mexico state government.

The secretary serves as head of the state Public Education Department.

The statewide position of Secretary of Education in New Mexico was created in 2003, when the state's voters approved Ballot Question 1.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Hanna Skandera. She has served in this position since 2010.[1]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of secretary of state in Article XII, Section 6.

There is hereby created a “public education department” and a “public education commission” that shall have such powers and duties as provided by law. The department shall be a cabinet department headed by a secretary of public education...

Qualifications

The secretary is required to be a qualified and experienced educator.

Appointments

New Mexico state government organizational chart

The secretary is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

Vacancies

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Duties

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Divisions

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State budget

See also: New Mexico state budget and finances

The budget for the Public Education Department in Fiscal Year 2012 was $38,788,100.[2]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of state executive officers are established by the New Mexico State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 12 of the New Mexico Constitution established initial salaries for constitutional officers with the state legislature able to adjust these salaries starting in 1922, which was 10 years after the state's admission to the United States. This constitutional provision states the following:[3]

Text of Section 12:

Compensation of Executive Officers

The annual compensation to be paid to the officers mentioned in Section One of this article shall be as follows: governor, five thousand dollars [($5,000)]; secretary of state, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state auditor, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state treasurer, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; attorney general, four thousand dollars [($4,000)]; superintendent of public instruction, three thousand dollars [$3,000)]; and commissioner of public lands, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; which compensation shall be paid to the respective officers in equal quarterly payments.

The lieutenant governor shall receive ten dollars [($10.00)] per diem while acting as presiding officer of the senate, and mileage at the same rate as a state senator.

The compensation herein fixed shall be full payment for all services rendered by said officers and they shall receive no other fees or compensation whatsoever.

The compensation of any of said officers may be increased or decreased by law after the expiration of ten years from the date of the admission of New Mexico as a state.[4]

2014

In 2014, the secretary received a salary of $126,250, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

2013

In 2013, the secretary was paid an estimated $125,000.[6]

2010

In 2010, the secretary was paid an estimated $173,859 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

New Mexico Public Education Department
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501

See also

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