New Mexico ed secretary praises Trump’s ed secretary pick

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says Donald Trump’s choice for education secretary is an advocate for strong children and will help the nation’s most Hispanic state.

Skandera told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she didn’t know Betsy DeVos very well but believes her policies won’t change New Mexico’s overall educational reforms.

Trump named DeVos – a wealthy Republican donor and an advocate for school vouchers – his choice for U.S. Secretary of Education last week.

Skandera, a Republican, says she has not been offered nor has she accepted any U.S. Department of Education position in the Trump administration. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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