Lawmakers hold hearing on 'Race to the Top' error

EDISON - Lawmakers are examining a mistake on a federal grant application that may have cost the state millions in federal aid.

Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee want to hear from members of Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) administration on the error that cost state education chief Bret Schundler his job.

For hours, members of the state's "Race to the Top" team took questions on just how the state made a critical error in filling out its application. The answers often revealed a confusing series of checks and balances, which shed little light on exactly what happened.

Schundler declined to testify, but sent a statement to the committee instead. In it, he says, "I'm praying that legislators don't use my error as an excuse to let education reform in New Jersey die."

The former education commissioner also said he hopes legislators can work together to pass critical education reforms.

Christie says he ousted Schundler for misleading him and his office about some of the details surrounding the gaffe.

Schundler says it's Christie who's misrepresenting what happened amid the mix-up.

The committee says it wants to hear from Wireless Generation, a consulting company a team member from the Newark public school system admitted he discussed the mistake with. Wireless Generation had a representative in the gallery, but the representative refused to comment.

Full Statement from Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego about Wireless Generation

Full statement from Bret Schundler on 'Race to the Top' hearing

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