New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, center, is greeted by Representatives Nora Espinoza, left, and Candy Spence-Ezzell at the Elks Lodge #969, Wednesday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
More than 100 people attended the Chaves County Republican Women’s Luncheon, Wednesday, to hear New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera speak about the strategic plan to raise the quality of education in the state.
She listed the areas where New Mexico is weakest, in reading and in graduations, ranking between 49 and 48 in the United States. Her goal is change.
“You got to focus and stay focused until you see the change take effect.”
She said that people often claim the schools need more money. However, she said that 44 percent of the state budget is directed to the school system.