Alliance for School Choice Praises Appointment of Bret Schundler as New Jersey Education Commissioner

Washington, D.C. (January 14, 2010) – The Alliance for School Choice today commended New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie for his selection of former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler to be the Garden State’s new education commissioner.  Schundler, who served as Mayor of Jersey City from 1992 to 2001, has been a strong advocate for innovative education reform for more than two decades.

“Throughout his career in public service, Bret Schundler has always been devoted to  reforming urban education in New Jersey, a state that is plagued with some of the worst urban public schools in the country” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the Alliance for School Choice.  “Along with my colleagues in the school choice movement, I congratulate our friend Bret on his appointment and applaud his renewed commitment to providing all parents and children – especially those from low-income families – with choices so that they’ll have an equal opportunity for a quality education.  We salute Governor-elect Christie for his outstanding and inspired choice and for his commitment to bold education reform,” said DeVos.

As mayor of Jersey City, Schundler strongly supported the expansion of school vouchers and charter schools.  He has been particularly vocal in his opposition to the status quo agenda of the New Jersey teachers unions, who spent an exorbitant amount of money in their unsuccessful attempt to defeat Governor-elect Christie last fall.

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