RELEASE: Senate Democrats’ Statement on Confirmation of Frank Edelblut as Education Commissioner

CONCORD – Today, after the Executive Council voted to confirm Frank Edelblut as Commissioner of Education, Senator David Watters (D-Dover) and Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene), members of the Senate Education Committee, released the following statement:

“Providing a high quality education to all our children is one of the most sacred obligations we have as a state and that responsibility should not be subverted by any political or ideological agenda. New Hampshire deserves a qualified, non-controversial Commissioner of Education who will work on behalf of all our children. We are concerned that Governor Sununu’s choice of Frank Edelblut as Commissioner of Education may not meet these expectations.”

“We congratulate Commissioner Edelblut on his confirmation, but we share the concerns expressed by hundreds of Granite Staters and educational professionals during his nomination and confirmation process regarding his ability to be an effective, non-ideological commissioner.”

“During the public hearing on his nomination, Commissioner Edelblut stated that he had no intention of dismantling public education. We intend to hold him to his word.  We also will make every effort to prevent any tax dollars from going to religious schools. We hope that Commissioner Edelblut will join us in strengthening our public education system, rather than weaken it.”

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