TRENTON - The blame game over the loss of $400 million in funding for New Jersey's public schools started last week and is still going on. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) blames the teachers union, Democrats blame the governor and students are caught in the middle.
According to the Star-Ledger, former Education Commissioner Bret Schundler accepted the blame that he made the error that cost the state the $400 million in funding. The 'Race for the Top' money would have paid for several reforms, including a computerized program to track student progress. School officials say the reforms will now have to wait.
New Jersey could have one more shot at "Race to the Top" money as the federal government is hoping to do a third round next year. In order to get the money, the governor and the teachers union have to work together, something they did not do this time around.