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Education Pick Signals a Change In Direction for Schooling 

Gov. Chris Sununu’s nominee to lead the state’s department of education, Frank Edelblut, has been a divisive pick for a typically apolitical, behind-the-scenes post.

Conservative groups have cheered Edelblut’s nomination, lauding his business experience and full-throated advocacy for alternatives to traditional schooling. Meanwhile, teachers unions and Democrats have slammed Sununu’s choice, calling the businessman and one-term state representative both unfit for the job and hostile to public education.

But what, exactly, does the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education do? The role includes a raft of critical administrative duties. But above all else, it’s about setting a tone.