Mistake Might Have Cost N.J. Millions in Federal Education Money

By Staff | August 25, 2010 | 9:49 AM EDT
Trenton, N.J. (AP) - Failure to follow directions may have prevented New Jersey from winning a $400 million federal education grant.
Scoring documents from the Race to the Top grant competition show New Jersey received no points on one section. That's because the state provided budget figures for 2010 and 2011 where the application sought numbers from 2008 and 2009.
Ohio, the lowest-scoring state to be awarded the grant Tuesday, got just three points more than New Jersey.
The gaffe was first reported by the Star-Ledger of Newark.
State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver calls it "a stunning mistake that is going to hurt New Jersey's children."