Utah and New Mexico Pass A-F school grading

March 19, 2011

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

The New Mexico legislature approved a proposal to grade schools A-F by a wide bipartisan margin late last night, providing a key reform win for Governor Martinez.  Utah passed a similar measure last week. Governor Sandoval has made school grading a key feature of his education agenda in Nevada, and Arizona passed the measure last year.

The Appalachia of the 21st century prophecy is not taking us here in the Southwest without a fight. At least, outside of California. Someone get Jerry Brown on the line stat!

Susana Martinez appoints Hanna Skandera for NM Education Secretary

December 21, 2010

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Governor-elect Susana Martinez of has nominated Hanna Skandera to lead the Department of Education in New Mexico. Skandera served as Deputy Commissioner in Florida during Jeb Bush’s time in office, and Governor-elect Martinez campaigned on implementing reforms based on the Florida reforms during the campaign. An outstanding choice, and a great signal that Governor Martinez is very serious about reform.