A new application has been submitted by Gov. Chris Christie, after his education commissioner reached a compromise with the New Jersey Education Association to apply for the federal “Race to the Top” program. Bret Schundler had announced a compromise last week that included rewarding teachers both on merit pay, student evaluations, along with seniority and tenure. Christie’s new application rewards teachers on merit and how well students do alone. NJEA officials and Democratic lawmakers are saying Christie is reversing course, after Schundler got the NJEA on board. The first ever competition saw New Jersey apply without the biggest teacher’s union support.