The state's failure to supply a correct budget number on one page of a 1,000-page application has been made a cause célèbre....The notion that the omission of one budget number was the ultimate deal-breaker for Race to the Top funds is pure spin.It is indeed - just not the way Al Doblin thinks it is.
That "error" was not just a budget number someone forgot to add; it was a deliberate rewrite in an attempt to remake the image of Christie as something less than the greatest threat to public education this state has ever seen.
Pundits like Doblin need to see this for what it really is. Christie reneged on a deal Schundler made with the NJEA because a talk radio DJ told him to. His staff then deliberately changed the answer to a specific question to make it look like Christie was increasing school support, when, of course, he has slashed it like no other governor before him.
The legislature's hearings have got to make this point crystal clear, so even partisans like Doblin can't ignore it.