NEA-NH is deeply disappointed with today’s vote from the Executive Council confirming Governor’s Sununu’s choice to head the education department, Frank Edelblut.
“Like DeVos, Edelblut has no experience or interaction with the public education system of New Hampshire. Overseeing a state department of education requires an in-depth knowledge of how public schools are governed, how they are managed, and the challenges employees in public schools face. Mr. Edelblut possesses no such knowledge or experience. Other than overseeing the management functions of the employees under his direct supervision, the business skills Mr. Edelblut possess are not transferable to ensuring our children’s educational experience is exceptional. Our children’s futures are too important to rely on someone who cannot hit the ground running on day one, said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH Vice President.
“Educators throughout New Hampshire strive to reach every child in their classroom, develop effective and engaging lesson plans, spend hours correcting papers and encouraging students to keep persevering. Every day for educators the theory and practice of pedagogy becomes real in the lives of the young people entrusted to their care. To have the highest ranking education official in the state bring only system level management and communication skills to the job threatens the future of every public school student in New Hampshire.”
“The fundamental promise of a great public education for all students is under attack here, and across the country,” continued Tuttle. “We’re not just arguing over budget questions any longer; we’re in a full-on ideological battle with people who do not believe that every child deserves the same opportunity to succeed.”