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December 14, 2012

Education Grant Depends on N.J. Governor Staying in Office

A grant made by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, in Los Angeles, came with a string attached: the $430,000 award, designed to reform public education in New Jersey, would be honored only if Chris Christie remains governor of that state, The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

One education activist called for an investigation into the foundation's relationship with the state.

But Erica Lepping, a spokeswoman for Broad, says that leadership is often a pivotal factor in whether a grant succeeds: "Research shows that American school systems making the greatest academic gains have certain ingredients in place, including strong leaders who champion strategies that are designed to create environments that support students and teachers, so we consider the presence of strong leaders to be important when we hand over our dollars.”