If we could all take a moment of silence for New Mexico public education…
Thank you. Earlier yesterday, I found out New Mexico’s Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera, gave her two-week notice. What I failed to recognize was who her replacement was. As news trickled out to me, I found myself very concerned for public school educators in New Mexico. Yes, the former Race To The Top Delaware DOE darling, the Surfer Boy himself, is now New Mexico’s Acting Secretary of Education. You heard me right folks, Christopher Ruszkowski is now in charge of New Mexico public education.
According to a U.S. News & World report article:
Deputy Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski will serve as acting cabinet secretary, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez said.
Teachers in Delaware will ALWAYS remember the Surfer Boy for his Human Capital and Component V contributions to Delaware education. Shall we go on… the Delaware Talent Cooperative, his love affair with Teach For America, bringing Relay into schools, and so on. Ruszkowski left the Delaware DOE last year when he became the New Mexico Deputy Secretary of Education under Skandera. He had been the Director of the Teacher Leader and Effectiveness Unit at the Delaware DOE.
All I can say is this: New Mexico, what in the name of Breaking Bad are you thinking? But then again, they had Skandera, the Wonder Girl to Jeb Bush’s, uhm, Captain Underpants? But even Surfer Boy is connected with Jeb Bush as he took a fellowship position in Jeb Bush’s corporate education reform group, Chiefs For Change, about a year ago. Rumor has it Skandera may take a job under U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
It wasn’t long after I began this blog that I began writing about Ruszkowski. You can read all the articles in THIS LINK.
A moment of silence isn’t enough for the teachers, students, educators, administrators, education bloggers, and hell, any taxpaying citizen in New Mexico. Please continue praying for New Mexico.