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New Mexico Public Education Department

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New Mexico Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Hanna Skandera
FY 2014 Budget:$2.58 billion[1]
Website:Department Home Page
The New Mexico Department of Education oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in New Mexico. The department managed 828 schools and 323,066 K-12 students during the 2010-11 school year.[2]



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See also
New Mexico Secretary of Education
List of school districts in New Mexico
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The mission statement of the New Mexico Public Education Department reads:[3]
The Public Education Department provides leadership, technical assistance and quality assurance

to improve student performance and close the achievement gap.[4]


The current Secretary of Education is Hanna Skandera. The following list details his cabinet officials:[5]

  • Chief of Staff: Vacant
  • Office of the General Counsel: Dan Hill
  • Internal Audit: Maria Fidalgo
  • Legislative and Community Relations: Annjenette Torres
  • Public Information Office: Larry Behrens
  • Quality Assurance and Systems Integration Division: Matt Montaño

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has nine divisions managed by assistant superintendents listed below:[6]

  • Administrative Services Division: Marian Rael
  • Program Support and Student Transportation Division: Antonio Ortiz
  • Assessment and Accountability Division: Pete Goldschmidt
  • Charter Schools Division: Kelly Callahan
  • Educator Quality Division: Matt Montano
  • Indian Education Division: Ferlin Clark
  • Instructional Support Division: Dean Hopper
  • Rural Education Division: Ralph Vigil
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Division: Vacant

New Mexico Public Education Commission

The New Mexico Public Education Commission is composed of ten members who are elected to serve staggered terms of four years. Each member is elected from one of ten Public Education Commission districts and must live within the district they are elected from. The Governor may appoint residents of a district to serve a vacant position within that district. The Commission is advisory to the Secretary of Education and serve as the authorizers for all state chartered charter schools in New Mexico.[7]

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