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Mark Zuckerberg Gave New Jersey $100 Million To Fix Newark's Schools, And It Looks Like A Waste
Business Insider ^ | 05/13/2014 | Caroline Moss

Posted on 05/13/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In the fall of 2010, Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah that he'd be making a generous gift to Newark, New Jersey. As Oprah said in her Oprah way, "one ... hundred ... million ... dollars" would be given to Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the three began the Startup:Education foundation.

The plan was to turn Newark into what Zuckerberg called "a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation," spent on retaining the best teachers, and creating environments that would produce successful students and, one day, graduates.

Newark is a city wrought with crime. Its graduation rate is about 67%. It needed the help, and Booker's vision sounded promising.

Between 2010 and 2012, The New Yorker reports that "more than twenty million dollars of Zuckerberg’s gift and matching donations went to consulting firms with various specialties: public relations, human resources, communications, data analysis, [and] teacher evaluation." Many of the consultants were being paid upwards of $1,000 a day.

“Everybody’s getting paid but Raheem still can’t read," Vivian Cox Fraser, president of the Urban League of Essex County, was quoted saying.

Today, the money is pretty much gone, and Newark has hardly become that symbol of excellence.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: education; markzuckerberg; newark; newjersey; schools
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1 posted on 05/13/2014 11:09:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I always heard that a boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money.

Kind of like Newark, huh?


2 posted on 05/13/2014 11:11:14 AM PDT by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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To: SeekAndFind

so, did the largely minority student body in Newark not want to act white? In spite of all that money, liberals found to their dismay that simply adding tons of money didn’t solve the problem????


3 posted on 05/13/2014 11:12:32 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

Any move that stops short of sacking nearly every teacher and ‘administrator’ is futile.


4 posted on 05/13/2014 11:13:14 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: SeekAndFind

He would have had better success if he spent the money trying to train a donkey to win the Kentucky Derby.


5 posted on 05/13/2014 11:14:00 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Zuckerberg’s a democrat. He would hate anything done by a Republican... If you think otherwise, get some reporter to ask him.


6 posted on 05/13/2014 11:16:08 AM PDT by GOPJ (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator. - - Freeper Balding_Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Newark is a city wrought with crime. Its graduation rate is about 67%. It needed the help, and Booker’s vision sounded promising.”

That graduation rate is a lie; they still use “social promotion”, where illiterate minorities are given meaningless pieces of paper to show “progress”.

Mark Zuckerberg simply donated to the Democratic Party by funneling it through the teachers’ unions; after all, they own the party.


7 posted on 05/13/2014 11:16:35 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind

Zukerberg is free to wast his money however he chooses. However, if he actually wants to make a difference, he might consider contributing toward alternatives to the public school system. The competition would help the public schools, which are under-performing, as any monopoly tends to do.


8 posted on 05/13/2014 11:17:54 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course it was a waste.

Newark New Jersey is a lost cause - and it has been for about 40 years.


9 posted on 05/13/2014 11:17:56 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: relictele

“Any move that stops short of sacking nearly every teacher and ‘administrator’ is futile.”

Here in Nj the number of administrators is dropping as the property tax cap ensures income is used to pay for (unionized) teachers’ raises. Administrators have no such scam working, and are laid off to give teachers their raises.


10 posted on 05/13/2014 11:18:17 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Liberals” are materialist who think money will solve anything. Just throw enough money at something a like magic it is transformed. And if it doesn’t work, it wasn’t enough. Throw more.


11 posted on 05/13/2014 11:18:45 AM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sending money to a corrupt administration won’t solve the problem.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That is a sewer for money. Money goes into a government program and vanishes.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 11:20:51 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Throwing money at inner-city students doesn’t work? Color me schocked.


14 posted on 05/13/2014 11:22:50 AM PDT by jumpingcholla34
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To: SeekAndFind

Giving money to Newark Government and expecting change?

Was his other choice sending money to Venezuela’s government?

He’s just a dumb-@ss, who happened to strike it rich on this Facebook score.


15 posted on 05/13/2014 11:24:57 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

It is only a failure if you didn’t understand the goals of the program. The program reduced income inequality by taking money from Suckerberg and redistributing it to upper middle class middle management. What’s to complain about?


16 posted on 05/13/2014 11:25:55 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: SeekAndFind

Eff him let him throw his money away, he stole it anyway.


17 posted on 05/13/2014 11:27:20 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Schools today are >95% political indoctrination and <5% actually teaching academic skills and knowledge. So it makes perfect sense that >95% of that $100M went into the sewer.
18 posted on 05/13/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
if he actually wants to make a difference, he might consider contributing toward alternatives to the public school system. The competition would help the public schools, which are under-performing, as any monopoly tends to do.

Wow. Competition works?

19 posted on 05/13/2014 11:30:27 AM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have absolutely no problem with people of wealth but this Mark Zuckerberg character.....I just cannot stand even looking at him for some reason.


20 posted on 05/13/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT by mowowie
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21 posted on 05/13/2014 11:30:44 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A stark reminder than throwing money at a bad system won’t fix the problem. Derrick Coleman blew most of his NBA fortune trying to revive Detroit, with similar results.


22 posted on 05/13/2014 11:31:26 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
In spite of all that money, liberals found to their dismay that simply adding tons of money didn’t solve the problem????

Obviously, it wasn't enough money. $200 million would have done the trick quite nicely.

And if $200 million didn't do it, then they must have needed $500 million.

23 posted on 05/13/2014 11:34:34 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: relictele
Any move that stops short of sacking nearly every teacher and ‘administrator’ is futile.

Yup.

24 posted on 05/13/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: kearnyirish2

We have a winner!

It was money laundering!


25 posted on 05/13/2014 11:35:42 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Years ago I hired a newly graduated engineer who attended 1-12 in Nicaragua. He spoke excellent English and wrote it better than any college grad I’d interviewed. He told me that his first 8 years of school were in a dirt-floored shack with multiple grades in the same room. After long discussion I concluded he was so well educated because his parents made it a priority. (They spoke no English, but they made darn sure he did.) So, it’s not the money that counts, because when he was in school Nicaragua’s entire national budget was less than Florida’s school budget.


26 posted on 05/13/2014 11:36:04 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

“WE NEED MO MONEY!”


27 posted on 05/13/2014 11:36:09 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: SeekAndFind

You can lead a kid to books, but you can’t make him read.


28 posted on 05/13/2014 11:36:10 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: relictele

If the parents gave two shakes about their kids’ education,
that would have already happened.


29 posted on 05/13/2014 11:36:36 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Little Ray

Thanks; if Zuckerberg actually cared about black people there are better ways to show it. How about setting that money up as scholarships to get them out of the hands of the Public Education Industrial Complex?


30 posted on 05/13/2014 11:38:18 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind

And people are shocked by this?


31 posted on 05/13/2014 11:38:39 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: SeekAndFind
However, it was a great tax write-off!
32 posted on 05/13/2014 11:38:49 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: fredhead
Didn't spend enough money. Needs to try a Billion (with a "B"). That will fix it. ;8^)

Ed

33 posted on 05/13/2014 11:41:46 AM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Our schools don’t NEED more money!

Our schools NEED NON-UNION Teachers and Administrators, who have the EDUCATION of our children as their first priority.

“Education” is NOT “Indoctrination” to a Leftist idology!


34 posted on 05/13/2014 11:46:20 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

You could get rid of 99% of administrative staff in this country and not miss a beat.


35 posted on 05/13/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Surely Zuckerberg knew what he was doing: Not donating money to help schools, students or education, but donating money to enrich democrats. If he wanted to help schools, he would have given money directly to them. His concern is ingratiating himself to the party so he can eliminate his tax exposure and benefit from the near-slave labor expected to result from amnesty.


36 posted on 05/13/2014 11:48:54 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: kearnyirish2

Zuckerberg has a LOT of money and he remembers what happened to Bill Gates and Microsoft.
If he actually did something effective and bypassed the Democrats and PEIC, you can bet he’d find himself in front of a committee as soon as the Democrats had the pull for it.


37 posted on 05/13/2014 11:49:03 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Little Ray

Good point, though I suspect Zuckerberg is on board with the Dem agenda.


38 posted on 05/13/2014 11:51:10 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind

A naïve but well-intentioned act of generosity.

Next time give to a faith-based charity, Mark.
Gubmint bureaucracies just suck cash down the rat hole.


39 posted on 05/13/2014 11:51:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
He's stingy... he needed to give them $200 million dollars. pfft... $100 million isn't going to do it. The poor little children of Newark were screwed by the stingy billionaire. What the heck?

In fact Oprah and Zuckerberg and maybe even Gates each need to pony up $200 million dollars into Newark and REALLY fix the education system for the little children.

They're just racists. What do they need all that money for? just give it to Newark. And when they fix Newark.... ON TO DETROIT!!!

hahahahahahaha... let's all tweet and pass this on the social media. that the white liberals AREN'T spending enough of their money.. Bwahahahahahahaha...

40 posted on 05/13/2014 11:52:16 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reality ran into a Sucker-berg.


41 posted on 05/13/2014 12:03:24 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course it’s a waste. Money will not change the rotten culture that exists there.


42 posted on 05/13/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: relictele
"Any move that stops short of sacking nearly every teacher and ‘administrator’ is futile."

The teachers and administrators are part of the community that uses the schools. It's the culture that is rotten, and sacking teachers and administrators does nothing to change the culture. Any new teacher will have the same rotten students and baby mommas as did the previous teacher.

43 posted on 05/13/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: SeekAndFind
A Suckerberg and his money are soon parted.
44 posted on 05/13/2014 12:21:58 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Money doesn’t equal good education any more than money equals good taste.

I’m glad they wasted it because that’s $100M less that commie NSA-bot can use to screw up other lives.


45 posted on 05/13/2014 12:47:36 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: SeekAndFind

Mark learns “you can’t fix stupid.” /S


46 posted on 05/13/2014 12:50:01 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Regarding some more detail on the “how and the why”...

“How To Give Like Mark Zuckerberg”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3155568/posts


47 posted on 05/13/2014 1:33:23 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: WayneS

“Newark New Jersey is a lost cause - and it has been for about 40 years.”

The Newark Bears just went out of business (who could have seen that coming? /s); the Nets escaped to Brooklyn rather than be coerced into Newark like the Devils (whose owner has subsequently stated publicly that he would never have moved the team there if he knew how the city intended to squeeze him for money). These pathetic attempts to keep these welfare reservations viable with public/private combinations are tiresome and fruitless; they desperately want white people to stay after 5 pm and spend money there, but won’t address the primary reason for the daily late afternoon exodus. Jersey City, on the otherhand, has basically expelled The Problem from whole areas leading to a renaissance along the “Gold Coast” on the Hudson River.


48 posted on 05/13/2014 2:08:38 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind
Zuckerberg the Knucklehead.
When I first started listening to Rush in the very early 1990s he told the story (as I recall) of a $50 million project to fund an attempt to raise test scores for minorities in an upper midwest major school district. (Maybe Minneapolis?)
Five years later the results showed it had absolutely no affect on minority test scores.
Moreover, an accounting afterward could not find how the money had been used or to where it had disappeared.
Lack of money has never been the problem causing the decline and failure of the American public school system.
I could have saved the Knucklehead a chunk of change on this one had he just asked.
49 posted on 05/13/2014 4:12:42 PM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Beverly Hall was the superintendent of Newark schools. She was involved in the Atlanta test cheating. When she left Newark, millions of dollars were missing, so I’m told.


50 posted on 05/14/2014 9:01:40 AM PDT by goldi
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