State Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet
When state Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet came before the Assembly budget committee this week, legislators were clearly a little antsy.
Even fellow Democrats were primed with a slew of hard questions for the commissioner, on big topics like school funding, state testing, charter schools, and special education, to name just a few.
It wasn’t so much combative as probing, trying to ascertain why the state’s testing system remains in flux, for instance, or why some districts under the Murphy administration are hurting in terms of state aid and others thriving.
Making his second appearance before the committee in as many years, the commissioner and his staff were ready with responses, some more definitive than others. Yet in the end,