Did you know that PED Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera sits on the board of directors of a company that does business with the state of New Mexico?

   ISPAC has just learned that PED Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (“NASCA”). According to NASCA’s website, the strategic Planning & Development Board lists New Mexico as a “client”. Further, Skandera brought NASCA in to New Mexico to help redefine the process for how charter schools are authorized in New Mexico. 
 This appointment seems to have slipped under the radar, as there are no press releases or formal announcements on the PED website or other locations.
Other board members come from places like the NewSchools Venture Fund, a group that funds “education entrepreneurs”- private companies that  profit off of public education and the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank as well as numerous charter school officials.
We already know that Skandera disregarded New Mexico renewal processes based upon the New Mexico Charter School Act when she reversed the Public Education Commission’s decision not to renew three charter schools. Skandera called the PEC’s ruling not to renew “arbitrary and capricious” and dubbed the standards “antiquated”. Ironically, the PEC’s initial ruling applied the same standards to those three charter schools that are applied to regular public schools. The three charter schools were represented by Patty Matthews who Skandera then appointed as the regulator of her own clients.
In August 2011, Skandera brought NASCA in to create a new application process for her department to use to approve charter schools.
Isn’t this a bit too cozy?
How do traditional public schools feel about Skandera serving on this board?

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