Edelblut officially confirmed as N.H. education commissioner

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Edelblut officially confirmed as N.H. education commissioner

Frank Edelblut, a businessman who has no professional background in public education, has officially been confirmed as New Hampshire’s new education commissioner.

On Wednesday, the Republican-led Executive Council voted 3-2 to confirm Gov. Chris Sununu’s pick for overseeing the Granite State’s public schools.

Edelblut’s controversial nomination had sparked fierce public debate and outcry, as Democrats argued that he lacks experience and qualifications for the position. At a meeting on Tuesday, board member Cindy Chagnon questioned the governor how a person who never served as a board member and never attended a parent meeting in a public school could serve as the state’s education commissioner.

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Republicans said they understand the concerns but insisted that Edelblut is the right man for the job of education commissioner.

Defending Edelblut’s nomination, Republican Councilor Joe Kenney said, “We’re going to hold him accountable, we’re going to make sure he doesn’t get off the track, that he’s there for one purpose, to make the public education system the best it can be and also look at other alternative ways to educate our kids.”

Edelblut has replaced Virginia Barry, who stepped down last month after serving the state as education commissioner for nearly eight years.

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