Who is to Blame?: Newark Schools Still Suffering

Months back I wrote about the huge fail that was CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s donation to the Newark public school system. In theory, a gift of $100 million dollars to the troubled school system seemed like a great idea. However, when you throw money at a problem that runs deeper than budget shortfalls, it can’t succeed. 1020OPEDcampbell-master495

In a recent, NY Times Op-Ed, Ras J. Baraka, a former high school principal, and now mayor of Newark details:

You might think that Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation in 2010 to kick-start a foundation for Newark schools would have been a game changer. But little funding went directly to Newark’s schools. Instead, the first $1.3 million was wasted on a poorly conducted community outreach campaign. Then another $100 million, including funds from Zuckerberg, went to a program for teacher merit pay…. 

Baraka goes on to outline just how he would address the problems of the school system from the top down. It’s a well-written piece. I am wondering what will happen next? I just don’t get how a school system in one of the richest countries in the world is being allowed to fail while everyone stands by and watches. Ridiculous.


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