Facebook CEO Gives $100M For Newark Schools

By on September 23, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg

That loud clang you heard this morning was the sound of a major chink being driven into the armor of the teachers union in New Jersey.

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, is donating up to $100 million to transform Newark’s public schools. In return, Gov. Chris Christie is effectively giving control of the schools, which have been run by the state since 1995 without much success, to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is a proponent of school choice.

The plan is going to be announced on Oprah Winfrey’s show Friday morning. The New York Times has more details here.

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