After fierce backlash over a lack of education experience, New Hampshire’s Executive Council delayed for two weeks a vote on whether to approve Frank Edelblut to serve as the state’s education commissioner.
Edelblut was nominated by new Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, but needs to be approved by the elected council, which appears split on whether to confirm him. The vote by the council, which is tasked with approving the governor’s spending and appointees, was put off until Sununu meets with the state’s board of education.
Edelblut, who also ran for governor but lost the Republican primary in 2016 by just 800 votes, has come under fire for having no education experience other than sitting on the board of a college foundation. The businessman is an opponent of the Common Core State Standards and supports school choice.
A version of this article appeared in the February 08, 2017 edition of Education Week as N.H. Council Delays Vote on Controversial State Chief