- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s secretary of education has been dropped from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Albuquerque Public Schools’ chief finance officer.

A state District Court judge ruled Thursday that Secretary Hanna Skandera was named in the suit for actions related to her job responsibilities and that makes her immune under tort law.

Don Moya sued Skandera, former superintendent Luis Valentino and the APS Board of Education after he was placed on administrative leave in early August.

The suit says Moya raised concerns about a contract awarded to a Denver company whose chief operating officer had worked with the newly hired deputy.

Moya’s attorney says Skandera and Valentino conspired against Moya.

Skandera told The Associated Press that “justice has been served.”

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