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No. 8: Lamont Repollet

While the former Asbury Park schools superintendent’s confirmation as Education Commissioner hit a political roadblock early last year, lawmakers ultimately approved Repollet for the post.

It goes without saying that Repollet has his work cut out for him. He will be one of the key figures for hashing out a replacement graduation requirement for the high school classes of 2020 and 2021 once the state phases out the controversial PARCC standardized testing. Repollet has been an advocate for many of Gov. Murphy’s proposals for steering students toward the non-college trade and apprenticeship route, the most recent being a grant program for nine separate technical and vocational schools.

Repollet has promoted Murphy’s proposed expanded Pre-K program, and his efforts to introduce more K-12 students to STEM professions.

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