After Christie Firing, Schundler Fires Back
The sh*t show in NJ is sad to see because there's so much potential for reform. Bret Schundler is a good man and a real reformer. Hopefully the state can get back on track:
Gov. Chris Christie fired his education chief, Bret Schundler, Friday, barely four days after New Jersey just missed winning $400 million in the federal Race to the Top education competition.
Now the two men are embroiled in a bitter back and forth about who said what to whom, when and why.
New Jersey finished in 11th place in the competition, in which states competed for billions of dollars in federal money in exchange for agreeing to make certain systemic changes—such as strengthening teacher accountability policies. New Jersey came in just three points behind Ohio, the last of 10 states awarded monies.
The issue dividing the two men comes down to one missing sheet out of a 1,000-page application. The state lost 4.8 points because it submitted financial information about 2010 and 2011, rather than the 2008 and 2009 figures that the application requested.
- AUGUST 28, 2010