NJ Legislature Throwing Shade On Facebook Founder’s 100 Milli Donation To Newark City School System

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Damn, these mfers should be happy someone is trying to donate money to help improve the fawked up school system in Brick City:

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools is raising $100 million worth of questions and doubts in New Jersey’s Legislature. There’s no legal mechanism for the city or the state to accept Zuckerberg’s gift under the terms he’s proposed, insists state Sen. Ronald Rice, a Newark Democrat who sits on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Schools.

And that could jeopardize the gift, which Zuckerberg gave to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker on the “Oprah” show last month.
Rice, a legislator for 24 years, fears the state could spend the $100 million only to have the Facebook mogul demand a refund if Booker doesn’t get control over Newark schools. “There is still not a lot of clarity on what role is going to be defined, if any at all, for the mayor,” Rice said yesterday. Newark is one of three New Jersey cities where state government has taken over failing public schools. Under New Jersey law, that puts the schools’ operations in the hands of Trenton officials, not local elected officials like Booker.

Despite Zuckerberg’s gift, Christie is not ready to relinquish control of Newark’s schools to Booker. Instead, he’s proposed making Booker his “special assistant” for education. Christie’s staff insists state law is no obstacle.

“This is a governor who can make and drive policy, and he has a partner in Newark to do that with in Mayor Booker,” said spokesman Mike Drewniak.
At a legislative hearing this week, Booker said he would not take a formal role in running Newark schools. Instead, he said, he was looking to lead a “robust community engagement” on the topic, reports said.

But Rice fears that without clear rules to satisfy Zuckerberg about Booker’s role, Zuckerberg could ask for his money back — leaving the state “hung out on a limb,” committed to expensive new school programs it couldn’t afford. “We just want to know that everything is on the up and up, and that we are protected,” Rice said.

Mark Zuckerberg stated that he donated the money to Newark because he respected Cory Booker’s leadership, so New Jersey is gonna have to figure something out where all parties are satisfied. Otherwise, they need to just turn that ish over to Cory…turning down a 100 Million dollar donation doesn’t even sound like an option. SMH.

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  • Dr Black

    The Govenor is clearly upset, that the money is being used for Newark, as opposed to those ritzy white cities, who already have decent education. STFU, and let Booker do him.

  • pekababe

    Jersey needs all they can get right now..

    • JENY JONES!!!

      NJ AND EVERYOTHER STATE BUT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY OUR PUBLIC SCHOLL SYSTEM IS SO MESSED UP & PEOPLE NOT GETTING INVOLVED. U HAVE TOO MUCH RED TAPE, COMMITTEES AND NOT ENOUGH ACTION.ZUCKERBERG JUST WANTS TO BE SURE THE KIDS GET THE USE OF THE $$$$ AND NOT SPECIAL TRIPS FOR COMMITTEES, UNDESERVED HUGE BONUS CHECKS OR SECRET MISTESS/BOY TOY FUNDS AND I DON’T BLAME HIM. SHUT UP AND GET OUUTA THE WAY OF SOMEONE TRYING TO HELP!!!!!!……JENNY JONES!!!!

  • http://bossip Dallas

    No way in hell should dude expect a refund. The giver should have gave with a plan. The purpose and intention should have already been set in motion before he gave the money. You give and hope and pray for the best. The only reason why they trying to help out the school districts now and I learned this on Oprah, the white kids/ white schools are falling behind. It’s not just the “minority” That mean no more rocket scientist, no more lawyers, Dr’s, Bill Gates, presidents. When the black kids were and still are failing no one gave a f. So it is what it is. When you give, you give. You don’t get a damn refund. I wouldn’t accept the money either.

  • nana

    I don’t agree wit his terms burt then again maybe its a legal formality to makew them really use the money profitably!

  • tiny

    Well give it back. I am sure there are many cities who wouldn’t mind receiving that money for education. If the only stipulation is allowing the mayor to take part in improving the school system in his city, what is the problem? Seems like Christie, just wants to prove he is the one in charge. The schools haven’t improved under him, His state lost out on a 400 million dollar federal grant because his people didn’t know how to fill out the paperwork correctly. I wouldn’t trust Chris Christie either.

  • bahamas/chicago/cayman girl

    Based on what I saw on Oprah, all the man asked was to use the donation to benefit schools in NJ period. All schools in America need a leg up and it shouldn’t be an issue. If they are so concerned dude will ask for it back, ask him to sign a waiver!

  • http://bossip london

    From what I read or skimmed over should I say. He will give the million dollars but it their is no progress he wants the money back and that ain’t right. It’s a process and it is going to take a few years and a few more 100 million dollars. I understand he wants whats best and expects nothing less but you can’t demand a refund if it does not work out. You can’t give a poor person. Key word GIVE a poor person money and say if you don’t come up you owe me a million dollars. You give with the best intentions and keep it moving, or he should appoint someone to handle the situation, hope for the best and learn from your mistakes. He should demand a record of how the money was spent but thats it.

    • tt

      wrong. if i pay money for services, i expect those services to be met. if they don’t use that money for what it’s intended, hell yeah he has every right to ask for it back. that money isn’t for their pockets, it’s for the school system. he’s making sure that’s what they use it on.

  • herudagod

    White folks always have a hidden agenda.

    • dayg715

      Amen.

    • divanerd

      Of course, it’s called a tax write off.

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  • teerockjelli

    this is some bullshit. Trenton has been in control of the NJ failing school systems for over 10 years, and all their lil experiments (and when I say experiments, I mean using new ways to teach stuff like basic math, and english, and then when the kids don’t get it, they just list them as “failed” instead of “did not understand new teaching methods”).

    Okay, so if the local board fails the students, then the state fails the students for another 10 years, they mind as well give the locals a chance again, to reach these students.

    I THINK THE ADMINISTRATORS ARE SCARED THAT BOOKER WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN HIS ENDEAVORS, AND THAT $$ WON’T BECOME STATE ADMINISTRATOR PAYROLL/FEES

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  • b'more

    so instead of putting together a plan to use this money to improve the school system, they’d rather fight about who’s gonna be in charge. typical politicians. SMH

  • Miss U Much MJJ....Lovely1

    Chris Christie needs to go on a diet.

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  • Screaming

    I agree. Actually, to just give money like that to a publicly funded entity usually can’t have strings attached. Secondly, education is not something you throw money at it and everything is fixed. Parental involvement, motivated students and teachers and an adminstration against bueracratic garbage are what’s needed for successful students.

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