NHDP Statement: Edelblut blocked from power grab at Department of Education

Concord, N.H. – Today, the New Hampshire Senate Education Committee voted down an amendment proposed by Republican State Senator John Reagan that would have given Education Commissioner granted Frank Edelblut unprecedented, sweeping power over the Department of Education. This amendment was put forward at the request of Commissioner Edelblut.

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“After promising to be ‘an implementation guy’ who wouldn’t create policy, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut went back on his word in an attempted agency power grab. Edelblut would have taken this massive increase in power to radically transform the education system in his distorted image and seriously damaged education for children in the Granite State.

Edelblut is anti-transgender rights, supports conversion therapy, and opposes full-day kindergarten on the basis of a crackpot theory that it would increase misdiagnoses of ADHD.  Most recently, Edelblut broadcast his views that climate change is mentioned too often in science classes, openly disagreeing with the state Board of Education, in an interview with NHPR. The Senate Education Committee’s vote rightly prevents Edelblut from implementing these destructive policies.”

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