New Jersey and Pennsylvania legislators criticized the Christie and Rendell administrations on Monday for their states' failures to win federal aid for charter school start-ups, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. New Jersey's rejected grant application, reported Monday in The Inquirer, "is beyond disappointing and another major setback for [the] education system under Gov. Christie," said state Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D., Essex). Oliver and Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D., Middlesex) have demanded an accounting from the administration. In Pennsylvania, Jeffrey E. Piccola (R., Dauphin), chair of the Senate Education Committee, said the failure of his state's application...

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