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Has Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to Newark public schools gone down the drain?
Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2014

Posted on 05/26/2014 11:05:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

* The Facebook founder pledged $100million to Newark schools in 2010 to bring sweeping educational reforms

* However, most of the money has been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees

* The money has had little impact on student performance so far

In his first major show of philanthropy, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a splash by announcing his plan to give $100 million to help turn around Newark, New Jersey's public schools in an appearance on Oprah in 2010.

But nearly four years later, Zuckerberg's money has run out, having been spent mostly on labor contracts and consulting fees with no noticeable improvement in student performance, a report in the New Yorker reveals.

'Everybody's getting paid, but Raheem still can't read,' Vivian Cox Fraser, the president of the Urban League of Essex County, told the magazine.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: billionaires; bluezones; educationfunding; markzuckerberg; newark; publicschool; urban

1 posted on 05/26/2014 11:05:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No, not down the drain. But I bet it’s currently lining a LOT of pockets!


2 posted on 05/26/2014 11:07:18 AM PDT by GMMC0987
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes and good.


3 posted on 05/26/2014 11:07:51 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: SeekAndFind

‘Everybody’s getting paid, but Raheem still can’t read”

Snort......chuckle


4 posted on 05/26/2014 11:09:41 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Raheem?


5 posted on 05/26/2014 11:10:06 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind
but Raheem still can't read,' Vivian Cox Fraser, the president of the Urban League of Essex County, told the magazine

It takes $3 billion to get Raheem to read.

6 posted on 05/26/2014 11:11:02 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind
Dragging Kilos of drugs thru housing projects.

An oscure James Carville reference which fits.

7 posted on 05/26/2014 11:11:06 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Zuckerberg got robbed by bureaucrat psychopaths whose livelyhood depends on head counts of things called children.... or was it just a PR stunt he was not really into anyways.


8 posted on 05/26/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Izzy Dunne

RE: Raheem?

I don’t understand the question.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 11:12:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: FatherofFive

Indeed... hyperinflation is real but so far hidden under the carpet of incompefence and dumbing down.


10 posted on 05/26/2014 11:12:44 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: SeekAndFind
He saw a way to bring rapid change through philanthropic donations, which require no public reviews on spending, and Governor Chris Christie got on board.

Oh.

11 posted on 05/26/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: SeekAndFind
Federal Judge Russel Clark spent BILLIONS of Missourian taxpayer dollars on the Kansas City school system in the late 80's and early 90's. The money might as well have been thrown into the sea.

See Money And School Performance: Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiment

They could have spent Trillions dollars and it would not have made a difference. You can't fix stupid.

12 posted on 05/26/2014 11:16:24 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Facebook founder pledged $100 million to Newark schools in 2010 to bring sweeping educational reforms. However, most of the money has been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees.”

I love seeing this pimply-faced leftist squander his money.

“The money has had little impact on student performance so far.”

Well, knock me over with a feather. Absolutely shocking.


13 posted on 05/26/2014 11:18:03 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind
* However, most of the money has been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees

Lining the pockets of cronies. I hope he learned a lesson.

14 posted on 05/26/2014 11:20:02 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Pooblik Skrewl Collective is not repairable.

Only Jesus might be able to work such a miracle, and He isn’t doing Newark calls.

Fire all the staff and educators, allow independent and bonded testing by private businesses, and let the Urban Ferals take a small amount annually to support texts via Kindle.

Shut down and sell off the Hives - they are not working and are merely overly expensive baby sitting/crime schools.

With the sell off of those now not needed school buses, every Hippy can afford a diesel bus - Woodstock all over again, and Tie/Dye & folk songs is vastly preferable to Hoodies and rap.

Don’t forget, No Welfare - a hungry Urban Feral is an active one. Allowing them to get ‘thick’ on food stamps didn’t work, so perhaps work will work.

Even Jesus was said to have approved of it.


15 posted on 05/26/2014 11:22:12 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The young Harvard law grad genius Barack Obama showed how this is done back in the 90’s when he and his buddy Bill Ayers blew $100 Million on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge Project, in which everybody gave each other awards for public service, and in the end, the students showed zero improvement in skills, knowledge, or academic performance.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 11:26:01 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Without justice, what else is the state but a large band of robbers?" - St. Augustine of Hippo)
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To: Izzy Dunne; SeekAndFind

Years ago a book came out entitled “Why Johnny Can’t Read: And What You Can Do About It”. It was all the rage at the time.

Raheem is the politically correct updated verion of Johnny.


17 posted on 05/26/2014 11:31:01 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: SeekAndFind
The money has had little impact on student performance so far

Hey, Zuckerberg, I can guarantee you no results for half the price.......

18 posted on 05/26/2014 11:42:41 AM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: SeekAndFind
When I called Mark and asked about this he mused, "Hmmmm... maybe I should have given 200 million."

Libs never learn. But the consultants and union goons are smiling.

19 posted on 05/26/2014 12:03:57 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s clueless. He needs to learn that not everything in life comes as easy as stealing a great idea and running with it.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 12:26:00 PM PDT by boycott
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To: FatherofFive
Radio Raheem


21 posted on 05/26/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, of course. What the hell did you think was going to happen?


22 posted on 05/26/2014 12:52:45 PM PDT by Renkluaf
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To: SeekAndFind

Isnt this the guy who plans to spend $100 Million to help with AMNESTY for the illegal aliens ???


23 posted on 05/26/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

$100 million dollars of private vouchers would have made a real and long lasting difference.


24 posted on 05/26/2014 12:58:51 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Hoodat
That giant boombox brings back memories of the 1980s.

I had one like the picture below. It wasn't just for the ghettos in those days. Everybody under the age of 20 seemed to be lugging one of those around.

You had to make sure you were near a power outlet though because those monsters really sucked those "D" batteries down fast.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 1:07:35 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SeekAndFind

Zuckerberg might as well have taken a wheelbarrow of $100 bills and shoveled them into a roaring fireplace.


26 posted on 05/26/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

“Federal Judge Russel Clark spent BILLIONS of Missourian taxpayer dollars on the Kansas City school system in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The money might as well have been thrown into the sea.
See Money And School Performance: Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiment”

This is a long read, but very informative - especially when it come to unintended consequences of liberal policy.

Most have never heard of the KCMO school experiment/debacle...because it debunks liberal slogans about spending more for schools.


27 posted on 05/26/2014 1:51:11 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You could throw a billion dollars at those public schools, and it wouldn’t make a dent in student achievement. Private and charter schools could maybe help 20-30%. The rest are doomed by low IQs and bad attitudes.


28 posted on 05/26/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: SamAdams76

Brings me back memories too.


29 posted on 05/26/2014 2:17:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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