Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed an Albuquerque area architect to the state Public Education Commission, which can approve the creation of local charter schools.
Tyson Parker of Corrales will fill a vacancy for the commission's seat in District 4, which covers parts of Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties as well as Los Alamos County.
Members of the 10-member commission are elected, but the governor fills vacancies.
Parker works for an Albuquerque architectural firm. He earned a master's degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Redlands in California.
Charter schools are public schools freed from some traditional educational requirements to help them offer innovative programs.
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