NJEA today praised Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s nomination of Asbury Park Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet to be New Jersey’s next Commissioner of Education. Dr. Repollet has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in New Jersey’s public schools.
NJEA President Marie Blistan issued this statement:
“With this nomination, Governor-elect Murphy has kept his promise to respect the professional expertise of New Jersey’s educators. Dr. Repollet’s career as a teacher and administrator in New Jersey’s public schools means that he understands the needs of our students and the challenges faced by New Jersey educators. His good relationship with staff in Asbury Park reflects his respect for the women and men who make New Jersey’s public schools among the very best in the nation. His focus on student achievement shows that he shares our commitment to providing great public schools for every child in every community. The progress in Asbury Park under his leadership shows that he knows how to convert those values into real-world results.
“As educators, we are ready for the challenge of revitalizing New Jersey’s schools. After eight years of politically motivated attacks designed to undermine the strongest, most successful public schools in the nation, New Jersey’s students and families are counting on the Murphy administration to chart a new course. This is a good first step.
“We look forward to working with Dr. Repollet to do that important work, because our members are the leading experts on what works in our schools and the best advocates for the wellbeing of their students.”