NJEA praised the action of the Senate Judiciary Committee today as it released for full Senate confirmation the appointment of Dr. Lamont Repollet for New Jersey commissioner of education and Assemblywoman Liz Muoio as state treasurer. Repollet and Muoio have been serving in these positions in an acting capacity as they await confirmation.
Dr. Repollet, who became Asbury Park’s superintendent in October 2014, was nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 12.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee’s recommendation to approve Dr. Repollet’s nomination builds on Gov. Murphy’s promise to respect New Jersey’s educators as the professionals that we are,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “Having most recently served as a superintendent in Asbury Park, where he enjoyed a good relationship with teachers and educational support professionals, Dr. Repollet understands the needs of educators and students at the district and school building levels.”
NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller noted that both Gov. Murphy and Acting-Commissioner Repollet have already taken steps toward a key promise in the campaign: to do away with the PARCC exams. On March 6, Dr. Repollet announced that the New Jersey Department of Education would begin the process of transitioning away from PARCC assessments in the state’s public schools.
“With Dr. Repollet, we will have a commissioner of education who takes the concerns of educators, parents and students seriously when it comes to PARCC, and who promises to involve parents and educators in the development of a new test,” Spiller said. “Dr. Repollet will put the needs of students ahead of the profit margins of testing companies.”
NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty hailed the Judiciary Committee’s recommendation for Assemblywoman Muoio as state treasurer, noting the key role she will play in developing budgets that help the governor keep his promises to working families and students in our public schools.
“When Assemblywoman Muoio was running for reelection last fall, the first thing she told our members was that she is committed providing students with the resources they need to prepare for employment or college,” Beatty said. “With State Treasurer Muoio at the helm, we know that fair and equitable school funding and affordable access to higher education will be budget priorities.”
“Assemblywoman Muoio values the important contributions that educators and all of the working men and women of New Jersey make to this great state,” Blistan added. “We look forward to working with her to ensure that the men and women who work in our state’s public schools have the resources they need while working and, in their retirement, a safe, secure, well-funded pension.
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