Senate Confirms Education Commissioner Hespe

NJ Spotlight News | December 11, 2014 | Education, Politics

The anti-stalking bill was just one of many issues up for consideration at the State House today. After nine months, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that Hespe sailed through the confirmation hearing with a 12-0 vote to make him the full education commissioner.

“People know him, people like him. He was education commissioner under Christie Whitman from 1999 to 2001. He’s been in the game here in Trenton for 20 years. He’s a familiar quantity and that showed today,” said Aron.

During the confirmation hearing, Hespe was questioned about several issues. Aron said that Hespe was asked about charter schools, failing urban school districts and the PARCC test. He was also asked about superintendent salary caps.

Aron said that Sen. Bob Smith brought up an idea that Sen. Richard Codey has proposed pushing the start of the school day to a later time for adolescents. According to Aron, Hespe embraced the idea and said that it has to be done.

Other issues were also being discussed around the State House. Aron said that the Assembly Transportation Committee was holding a hearing on regulating Uber and that the state has six or seven bills to do it. He also said that Senate President Steve Sweeney held a press conference with the League of Municipalities, the Association of Counties and AAA about the distribution of money from the Transportation Trust Fund once it gets renewed.



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