Home-schooler Edelblut confirmed as public education commissioner

  • Frank Edelblut listens during a public hearing on his nomination to lead the state's education department, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Associated Press
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The New Hampshire Executive Council has voted 3-2 to confirm Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut for a full four-year term.

The vote on Wednesday followed the council’s vote earlier this year for Edelblut to complete the term of former commissioner Virginia Barry.

Edelblut, a former state representative and candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination last year, was supported by the three Republican councilors and opposed by the two Democrats.

Earlier this year, Democratic Councilor Andru Volinsky said he was concerned Edelblut didn’t disclose when he was under consideration for commissioner that he had made an anonymous contribution to help finance a school board’s legal battle against the department he now heads.