New Mexico Public Education Commission

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New Mexico Public Education Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $42,052,600
Total Seats:  10
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article XII, Section 6
Leadership:  Carolyn Shearman (D)
Selection Method:  Elected
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The New Mexico Public Education Commission is an elected 10-member board in the New Mexico state government, responsible for advising the New Mexico Secretary of Education, who heads the New Mexico Public Education Department. Hanna Skandera currently serves in the role of secretary.[1]

Commissioners must be residents of the public education commission district from which they are elected. They serve staggered, four-year terms. As a partner to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Public Education Commission works in three committees: the Public Education Department's Strategic Plan, Charter Schools and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical federal fund for career technical programs.[2]

The vision statement of both the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Public Education Commission reads:[2]

A world-class education system in which all New Mexico students are prepared to succeed in a diverse, increasingly complex world.[3]

Current officeholders

The current commissioners, in order of the district they represent, are:[4]

Name Party District
Vacant* N/A 1
Millie Pogna Ends.png Republican 2
Carmie Lynn Toulouse Electiondot.png Democratic 3
J. Tyson Parker Independent Independent 4
James F. Conyers Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Gilbert Peralta Electiondot.png Democratic 6
Eugene Gant (Vice Chair) Electiondot.png Democratic 7
Vince Bergman (Secretary) Ends.png Republican 8
Carolyn Shearman (Chair) Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Jeff Carr Electiondot.png Democratic 10
New Mexico Public Education Commission -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of the 2014 Election After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 6 8
     Republican Party 2 2
     Independent 1 0
     Vacant 1 0
Total 10 10
*Note: The Governor of New Mexico fills any vacant positions[4]

Authority

The New Mexico Constitution establishes the Public Education Commission 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.

Qualifications

Commissioners must be residents of the public education commission district from which they are elected. If a commissioner moves outside the district from which he was elected, his position will be terminated immediately.[5]

Elections

New Mexico state government organizational chart

Ten commissioners are elected to serve staggered four-year terms on behalf of the state districts in which they live.[6]

2014

See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Seven seats were up for election on November 4, 2014, with all candidates winning election without opposition. Seats in Districts 1 through 7 were on the ballot in 2014. [7]

2012

See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012

All five candidates - including the incumbents from Districts 8,9 and 10 - who ran for the Public Education Commission were unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012, although a write-in challenger for the open District 3 Commissioner seat did emerge, sapping about 2 percent of the vote from Carmie Lynn Toulouse (D).[8]

New Mexico Public Education Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarmie Lynn Toulouse 97.6% 60,322
     Democratic Vanessa Leigh Gutierrez (Write-in) 2.4% 1,469
Total Votes 61,791
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames F. Conyers 100% 42,305
Total Votes 42,305
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVince N. Bergman Incumbent 100% 48,844
Total Votes 48,844
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Kennedy Shearman Incumbent 100% 35,889
Total Votes 35,889
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


New Mexico Public Education Commission District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Carr Incumbent 100% 66,144
Total Votes 66,144
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy, the New Mexico Governor appoints a resident from the district to fill the position until the next regular election.[9]

Duties

See also: School choice in New Mexico

The New Mexico Public Education Commission advises the Secretary of Education on education issues affecting the ten districts it represents across the state. The commission works in partnership with the state education department "to ensure that all students in New Mexico have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to be successful and responsible citizens."[10]

The commission aims to "improve public trust and support for public education," by communicating the expectations for students, educators, administrators, schools and districts set by the state.

As the governing body for state-approved charter schools since 2006, the commission strives to promote school accountability and school choice. The commission is responsible for reviewing and approving state charter school applications. It is also authorized to renew charter schools, some of which go on to become state chartered schools.[10][11]

According to the Public Education Commission Rules of Order, adopted February 28, 2014, "commissioners are expected to educate themselves regarding issues and requirements concerning education in New Mexico. Commissioners are further expected to avail themselves of educational opportunities to keep abreast of such issues, including training conducted by the Public Education Department (the “Department” or “PED”) and trainings for local school board members."[12]

Divisions

  • The Executive Committee:

The executive committee is composed of the commission chair, vice-chair and secretary. The committee performs "governmental relation functions on behalf of the Commission," including:

  • Assisting the Commission in making policy recommendations to the Secretary of Public Education regarding legislative initiatives in support of public education.
  • Meeting with the Commission’s assigned legal counsel to request and receive legal advice on behalf of the Commission.
  • Any other function delegated to it by the Commission or Chairperson.[12]

The 10 commissioners, together with the public education department, serve on three committees dedicated to research and analysis. The committees are:

  • Charter Schools
  • The Public Education Department's Strategic Plan
  • Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical federal fund for career technical programs[10]

State budget

The Department of Public Education had a budget of $42,052,600 for the 2013 fiscal year.[13]

Compensation

As stated in Chapter 9, Article 24, Section 9 of the New Mexico Code, members of the public education commission "shall be entitled to receive per diem and mileage as provided in the Per Diem and Mileage Act [10-8-1 NMSA 1978], but shall receive no other perquisite, compensation or allowance."[14][15]

2014

In 2014, the commissioners were paid a $95/day per diem. This figure comes from the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico.[16]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

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

Questions about fingerprinting or background checks
Phone: (505) 827-6649
Email: ethics@state.nm.us

Questions about licensure
Phone: (505) 827-5821
Email: Online contact form

Questions about the Public Education Department in general
Phone: (505) 827-5800

Questions about a district, school or charter school
Phone: (505) 827-4296

See also

External links

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References

  1. New Mexico Public Education Department, "Welcome," accessed June 2, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 New Mexico Public Education Department, "The Public Education Commission," accessed June 2, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. 4.0 4.1 New Mexico Public Education Commission, "Commissioners," accessed December 13, 2014
  5. Public Education Department, "Strategic Plan," January 14, 2005
  6. New Mexico Public Education Commission, "The Public Education Commission Vision and Mission," accessed December 26, 2012
  7. New Mexico Secretary of State, "Official Results General Election - November 4, 2014," accessed December 11, 2014
  8. New Mexico Secretary of State, "General Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
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  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 New Mexico Public Education Commission, "Vision & Mission," accessed December 13, 2014
  11. The New Mexico State Legislature, "PEC report to the LESC," August 24, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 New Mexico Public Education Department, "Public Education Commission, Rules of Order—Adopted 2/28/14," accessed December 13, 2014
  13. New Mexico Legislature, "2013 General Appropriations Act," 159, accessed June 24, 2013
  14. Global Law, "New Mexico Codes Chapter 9 - Executive Department. Article 24 - Public Education Department and Commission, 9-24-1 through 9-24-15," accessed December 18, 2014
  15. Justia US Law, "2013 New Mexico Statutes, Chapter 9 - Executive Department, Article 24 - Public Education Department and Commission, Section 9-24-9 - Public education commission. (2004)," accessed December 15, 2014
  16. The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico, "November 4, 2014 General Election," accessed December 18, 2014