Who Knew That Race to the Top Would Cause Joblessness?

August 30, 2010 | Blog

In cycling races such as the Tour de France, riders tragically have lost their lives particularly in mountainous stages in the Alps or Pyrenees. Fortunately, no one was killed in the making of Race to the Top applications. But one state school chief, New Jersey’s Brett Schundler, has lost his job as a result of it.

Read the Newark Star-Ledger‘s story for more:

Gov. Chris Christie fired state education commissioner Bret Schundler this morning after Schundler refused to resign in the wake of the controversy over the state’s loss of up to $400 million in federal school funding.

The state lost a competitive grant contest for education funding by 3 points. While the state lost points across a number of areas for substantive issues, a blunder on one 5-point question has caused an uproar in Trenton. The state lost 4.8 points by seemingly misreading the question, which asked for information from 2008 and 2009 budgets. The state provided information from 2011.

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    Fred Deutsch, School Board Member

    August 30, 2010

    It's hard for me to feel sory for the state. I'm from South Dakota -- the state that placed dead last in the first round and opted not to participated in the second. Our kids deserve the same chance for a quality education as kids from any of the winning states.

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