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GOP lawmaker seeks hearing on PED shake-up

SANTA FE — Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas, is calling for an emergency legislative hearing on the removal of Karen Trujillo as public education secretary.

Trujillo was fired this week by Lujan Grisham, who said the Cabinet secretary wasn’t meeting expectations. The Governor’s Office cited communication and leadership issues.

But lawmakers, educators and others have expressed surprise and concern at the quick dismissal. Trujillo was appointed in late January.

“New Mexicans deserve to know why the head of our state’s education system was terminated after just six months on the job just as we are about to start the school year,” Baldonado said. “The governor says she plans a nationwide search for a new PED secretary, but it will be hard to recruit top-tier candidates unless they know they’ll have the necessary support to make needed changes and the criteria for their success is clearly defined.”

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