Created: 02/17/2014 8:07 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE (AP) - A Senate panel is to consider whether Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera meets the constitutional requirements for a job she's held since 2011.
The Rules Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing Monday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's nominee to run the Public Education Department.
The panel considered Skandera's nomination last year but never voted on whether to recommend her confirmation by the Senate.
Educational union officials and other opponents contend that Skandera doesn't meet a constitutional requirement for the department secretary to be a "qualified, experienced educator."
Skandera hasn't worked as a teacher or administrator in a public school. She was a senior policy adviser to former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and a deputy commissioner of education in the Florida when Jeb Bush was governor.
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