Schundler reaches out to Duncan

After a day of political firefighting between legislators and the gov’s office, state Education Commissioner Bret Schundler asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for $75 million in unallocated Race to The Top funds.

In a letter to Duncan and CC’d to the media, Schundler said that if New Jersey was allowed to correct an application error, the state would have placed 9th and received full funding of its application rather than a shot at $400 million.

“I ask you to provide New Jersey with the requested $75 million in remaining funds not only for the sake of our children, but so we can more effectively model for all of America’s school systems how significantly our Race to The Top reforms can increase student learning,” Commissioner Schundler wrote.

Schundler reaches out to Duncan