NM Education Secretary Hires Out Of State Workers

New Mexico – New Mexico school superintendents and a teachers union are criticizing the state's new education secretary-designate for paying out-of-state consultants.

The Albuquerque Journal reports in a copyright story Sunday that American Federation of Teachers New Mexico chapter president Christine Trujillo says students and teachers need education leaders who understand the unique needs of New Mexico's children.

She says they don't need consultants connected to what she calls failed education policies of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or to former President George W. Bush's botched No Child Left Behind program.

At least six of the eight consultants have ties to one of the Bush brothers.

The consultants will be paid a total $152,000 to advise Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera on everything from tracking student achievement to handling public relations.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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