The Schundler fallout

When you get past the politics, it will be interesting to see how Bret Schundler’s firing meshes with supporters of charter schools, vouchers and other forms of alternative education. Bret was a champion of those causes. But will the next commissioner feel the same way?

About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

One Response to The Schundler fallout

  1. Ted Doty says:

    The Daily Record seems to believe Shundler’s DOE assignment was about charter schools and his dismissal was about a careless videotaped error. It seems to me the initial appointment was about fiscal conservatism; cutting the cost of public education.

    The strategy seemed to work with close to a 60% budget failure rate for NJ schools but Schundler broke rank with his NJEA merit pay compromise. When that happened, it was evident to me that Schundler was on his way out.

    When “Race to the Top” funding came along, Christie wisely questioned the wisdom of one time funding for ongoing operational expenses but was quick to take control of the application process. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to see how that would conclude.

    Once the application failed Schundler was easily made the scapegoat, fired with benefits (thanking him for service) and Christie must merely fend off partisan criticism and choose another Education Commissioner. The quest for cost reform continues.

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