Although Skandera was instrumental in implementing school reforms in Florida, she has never been a teacher or school administrator. “I don’t think we should just close our eyes to that issue,” Sen. Michael Sanchez (D-Belen) said to AP. Sanchez is a member of the Senate Rules Committee, which is about to hold confirmation hearings for Skandera and other cabinet nominees from Gov. Susana Martinez.
However, another Democrat on the committee — Sen. Tim Jennings — told AP the Rules Committee should give deference to the governor’s picks for top state jobs in most instances. “The governor ought to be able to put together her team,” said Jennings.
The Rules Committee is made up of six Democrats and three Republicans.
Scott Darnell, spokesman for Gov. Martinez, said in a statement: “In the past, the Legislature has made a distinction between an educator and teacher, with educators being inclusive of administrators and teachers. In this case, Skandera’s experience addresses both as she has played a direct role in crafting education policy as well as in classroom instruction.”
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