States

State Journal

April 11, 2001 1 min read

Private Interests

Mayor Bret Schundler of Jersey City, N.J., wanted to attract attention to his private-school-scholarship fund, so he ran television and radio advertisements across the state.

Attention he got.

Brett Schundler

Some have criticized the fact that the ads, which ran last November and December in the weeks before Mr. Schundler announced his candidacy for the 2001 Republican nomination for governor, were paid for with $800,000 from the fund.

The critics pointed out that the cost approached the $892,000 in scholarships that the fund has provided to help K-12 students attend private and parochial schools in the past five years.

Campaign officials for Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco, who will face Mr. Schundler in the June 5 GOP primary, said the ads were designed to further the mayor’s gubernatorial bid.

The ads featured Mr. Schundler, a strong advocate of school choice, calling for legislation that would give state tax breaks to residents who donated to private-school-scholarship efforts such as his own.

He started the Jersey City Scholarship Fund in 1995 to help pay inner-city students’ tuition costs, before expanding its focus and renaming it the New Jersey Scholarship Fund last year.

“It is more than suspicious that virtually no other scholarship fund feels the need to advertise on television,” said Charlie Smith, Mr. DiFrancesco’s campaign manager. “It is more than coincidental that Bret Schundler was compelled to do so only during the year he became a candidate for governor.”

But a spokesman for the Schundler campaign said donors knew what their contributions were going for. “Frankly, the bulk of the money came from foundations that knew it would go toward ads,” said Mr. Guhl. “There really isn’t any controversy, except from our political opponent.”

—Lisa Fine

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the April 11, 2001 edition of Education Week

Events

Classroom Technology Webinar Making Big Technology Decisions: Advice for District Leaders, Principals, and Teachers
Educators at all levels make decisions that can have a huge impact on students. That’s especially true when it comes to the use of technology, which was activated like never before to help students learn
Professional Development Webinar Expand Digital Learning by Expanding Teacher Training
This discussion will examine how things have changed and offer guidance on smart, cost-effective ways to expand digital learning efforts and train teachers to maximize the use of new technologies for learning.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
The Social-Emotional Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on American Schoolchildren
Hear new findings from an analysis of our 300 million student survey responses along with district leaders on new trends in student SEL.
Content provided by Panorama

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

States California Students Unfazed by Mask Rule. It’s ‘Second Nature’ Now
Many students seem to have adapted quickly and say they would much rather be in school with their friends than at home on a computer.
Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times
6 min read
A masked student waits before the bell at Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School on July 21, 2021, in Chula Vista, Calif. California’s mandatory mask rule will continue to be part of the new normal for all K-12 schools in the state, which join a growing list of counties and public places that require indoor masking amid the COVID-19 surge fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
A masked student waits before the bell at Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School on July 21, 2021, in Chula Vista, Calif. California’s mandatory mask rule will continue to be part of the new normal for all K-12 schools in the state, which join a growing list of counties and public places that require indoor masking amid the COVID-19 surge fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Denis Poroy/AP
States 'A Very McCarthyism Feel': Idaho Teachers Say Indoctrination Task Force Stokes Fear
Teachers say they don't know what they are allowed to discuss, and they're scared of the repercussions — for themselves and their students.
Becca Savransky, The Idaho Statesman
15 min read
Idaho's Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin speaks during a mask burning event at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on March 6, 2021. McGeachin's education task force continues to make claims of indoctrination in Idaho schools, which some educators in the state say is scaring them into silence.
Idaho's Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin speaks during a mask burning event at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on March 6, 2021. McGeachin's education task force continues to make claims of indoctrination in Idaho schools, which some educators in the state say is scaring them into silence.
Nathan Howard/Getty Images via TNS
States Who's Really Driving Critical Race Theory Legislation? An Investigation
Education Week reporting documents a complex web of individuals and conservative organizations supporting this far-reaching legislation.
15 min read
Conceptual image.
Collage by Laura Baker/Education Week (Images: DigitalVision Vectors and iStock/Getty)
States Download Full Text of the Texas Law Restricting Classroom Talk on Racism (HB 3979)
The Texas law restricts how teachers talk about controversial issues and limits the ways slavery and racism are taught.
1 min read