September 3, 2010 “Today is a day that is stupendous, for all of Ohio–––and all its descendents,” announced Gov. Ted Strickland in proclaiming today, September 3, officially “Bret Schundler Day” in the Buckeye State.
The former education commissioner of the state of New Jersey may be reviled in the Garden State, but in Ohio he is a hero to the several hundred thousand children of the Ohio school system.
Last week, because of the actions of Schundler, Ohio will receive $400 million from the Obama administration to improve schools. “Screw Justin Bieber,” said 11-year-old Jessica Lynn Grant of Columbus, Ohio. “Mr. Schundler is my new hero––because of him we don’t have to lose cheerleading, or after school lacrosse. He’s cool.”
The U.S. Department of Education announced that Ohio was among nine states and the District of Columbia that will receive funding in the second round of the $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” competition. Other winners include Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island.
A principal from a middle school in Dayton, Ohio––who wished to remain anonymous––had a similar opinion: “… the schools here usually suck. But Mr. Schundler ‘s actions will allow our schools to suck just a little bit less this year. And I don’t have to give up my raise or vacation.”
The governor continued reading from the proclamation he had just signed:
“Whereas Bret Schundler has long been known as having a commitment to the education of the children of Ohio and;
Whereas it was his actions alone that enabled Ohio to finish 10th in the “Race to the Top” federal funding for education competition and;
Whereas his actions enabled the Buckeye State to receive $400 million to help hire teachers, provide scholarships for students, and keep our schools open;
Therefore, it is in great recognition of the fine contribution Bret Schundler has made to the state of Ohio for all of our students and teachers; I proclaim today September 3, 2010 “Bret Schundler Day”.
Gov. Christie’s office in New Jersey could not be reached for comment.