Attorney accuses Education Secretary Hanna Skandera of overstepping her authority

Hanna Skandera
Hanna Skandera

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A Santa Fe Public Schools’ attorney is defending the superintendent’s decision to hold a “snow day of action.”

Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera launched an investigation into the district’s decision to close school for half a day to attend a rally at the Roundhouse.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Tony Ortiz, an attorney for the school district, sent a letter to Skandera’s Office Wednesday warning.

The letter warns Skandera to stop making “unsupported and reckless claims,” and accuses Skandera of overstepping her authority when she launched the investigation claiming the district used school resources for the pro-education protest.

But Superintendent Veronica Garcia says she’s confident that she followed the law and did not misuse taxpayer dollars. 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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