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N.J. education reform does not require any more money

N.J. education reform does not require any more money
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

The federal government will finish this fiscal year, ending September 30th, with a $1.4 trillion deficit. Instead of reining in federal spending to get its fiscal house in order, the Obama administration is desperately trying to "stimulate' the economy with money it does not have, including sending more money to public school's via a competition, "Race to the Top," supposedly to enact "education reform."

In Phase 2 of the competition, New Jersey came in 11th, just missing the cut and losing a $400 million grant. In a press conference after the state was notified that it would not be awarded the grant, Governor Christie criticized the Obama administration and the Department of Education for slavishly following bureaucratic rules instead of giving New Jersey's Department of Education the opportunity to amend its application. Since then, education commissioner Bret Schundler was fired after he was told to resign because he and the governor got into a "he said, he said" flap about the events surrounding the state's failed application.

 

There are lessons to be learned from New Jersey’s Race to the Top debacle

There are lessons to be learned from New Jersey’s Race to the Top debacle
BY RICHARD A. LEE
COMMENTARY

When a clerical error seemingly costs a state $400 million in federal education funding, there are plenty of lessons to be learned.

Some of those lessons are obvious. As I le...

Steve Adubato: No time for blame game while N.J. public school children continue to suffer

Steve Adubato: No time for blame game while N.J. public school children continue to suffer
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

Obviously, losing $400 million of federal funding in the education "Race to the Top" grant process was a major screw up that New Jersey just can't afford. Former Education C...

Christie Whitman: Family memories last when enjoying New Jersey’s natural treasures

Christie Whitman: Family memories last when enjoying New Jersey’s natural treasures
BY CHRISTIE WHITMAN
COMMENTARY

In this last official week of summer, it is worth reflecting on the time that summer traditionally allows for being with family and enjoying the outdoors.

Some of my fondes...

Distracted driving kills

Distracted driving kills
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Let's cut to the chase: driving while distracted kills.

In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation , distracted driving took the lives of about 6,000 Americans ...

An honest report on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

An honest report on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
BY MIKE FERNER
COMMENTARY

A veteran's perspective makes it clear that two major points must be made in response to President Obama's announcement regarding combat troops leaving Iraq.

First, there is no ...

Is Chris Christie a leader or a bully?

Is Chris Christie a leader or a bully?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Much has been made of New Jersey Governor Christ Christie's initial harangue over the state's loss of Race to the Top funds. The governor lambasted federal bureaucrats and ...

Chris Christie is decisive, but divisive

Chris Christie is decisive, but divisive
BY IRWIN S. STOOLMACHER
COMMENTARY

The hallmark of Governor Christie's tenure to date — his basic modus operandi — has been to come up with up with "shake things up" approaches to our state's big proble...

Glenn Beck is an empty shell

Glenn Beck is an empty shell
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

With all the egg recalls across the country, I wonder if the crowd that attended Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally checked out the one egg on sta...

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