Business Insider: Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million dollar donation to Newark Public Schools failed miserably, here's why
Money going in is not the problem in Newark, NJ public schools. Newark spends about $23,000 per student in Newark. Do you think those public schools deliver anywhere near $23,000 in value to those students?
Zuckerberg's donation got sucked up in the vortex of Teacher Union entitlements and protections, consultants and what appears to be an intentional scuttling of charter schools (which could have helped make a difference).
So in the end, a sizable donation ends up making things worse, not better. Throwing money at the problem is not the way to fix it.
I wish Zuckerberg endowed some primary, secondary, and high schools in Newark. That might have made a huge difference (at least for the kids who got to go there). It would also highlight the problem with Newark schools is not the kids, but the administration and corruption of the district.
H/T: Instapundit: Dispatches From The Education Apocalypse
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