Updated: Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013, 7:37 PM MST
Published : Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013, 7:37 PM MST
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's education secretary will get finally get a confirmation hearing in the Senate.
The Rules Committee is scheduled Friday to consider Hanna Skandera's nomination to run the Public Education Department.
Skandera has run the agency since Martinez took office in 2011, but the Democratic-controlled Senate hasn't considered whether to confirm or reject her nomination.
Under the state constitution, the leader of the Public Education Department must be a "qualified, experienced educator." However, Skandera has never worked as a teacher or administrator in a public elementary or secondary school.
Democrats have opposed many of the governor's education initiatives, including holding back third-graders who can't read proficiently.
Former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson had two of his cabinet secretary appointees rejected by the Senate.