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Repollet confirmed as New Jersey education commissioner

Repollet confirmed as New Jersey education commissioner


TRENTON — Acting Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet was among six of Gov. Phil Murphy’s cabinet members confirmed Thursday by the state Senate.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have these six stellar individuals leading key departments across state government,” Murphy said Thursday.

In a statement Friday, the New Jersey School Boards Association applauded the confirmation of Repollet, the former superintendent of the Asbury Park School District who was appointed earlier this year when the governor, a Democrat, took office.

“As a local school district administrator and acting commissioner of education, Dr. Repollet has established himself as a genuine advocate for New Jersey’s public school students. He is open to dialogue with local education officials and has an appreciation of their perspective and concerns,” said Lawrence S. Feinsod, executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association.

The Department of Education also posted a congratulatory message on Facebook to Repollet on his confirmation.

In addition to Repollet, acting Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis was confirmed.

Before taking the role in Murphy’s cabinet, Ellis led work at the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation focused solely on higher education, served as a senior adviser for education at the White House Domestic Policy Council, and served in President Barack Obama’s administration as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Education.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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