"No Confidence" Vote In Education Secretary Choice

May 9, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Representatives of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation have unanimously voted "no confidence" in state Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera.  The Albuquerque Journal reports that the union's council of representatives approved a resolution that lists a dozen criticisms against Skandera, including her planned teacher evaluation system and her support for charter schools.

ATF President Ellen Bernstein said about 100 union representatives were at the meeting when the vote was taken.

Public Education Department spokesman Larry Behrens said the union is "playing politics."

The resolution is also critical of her decision to lay off dozens of Public Education Department employees and bring in some out-of-state staffers.

The vote comes as New Mexico teachers unions and Skandera have publicly attack each other over education reform proposal from Gov. Susana Martinez.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.