A “Lil Positivity”: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Speaks On $100 Milli Donation From Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

- By Bossip Staff

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker speaks on plans for dough:

Amongst all American cities, Newark now has an unprecedented opportunity to break the cycle of failure and low expectations in public education. It is with tremendous hope and confidence in our potential that we announced a generous $100M grant from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support Newark public schools — the largest investment in a school district in our State’s history. With the support of Governor Christie and Secretary Duncan, leadership from Newark’s School Advisory Board and the active participation of our entire community — parents, clergy, elected officials, union, business and nonprofit leaders alike — I am confident that our city will meet the challenge of ensuring that all Newark students achieve academic excellence.

In the coming weeks, I will join with other elected leaders to launch a community engagement effort to solicit input from every voice within our city. From community forums to focus groups and online surveys, we will create various ways for every Newarker to participate in developing a shared vision to guide a new mandate for our public schools. We expect different views to be voiced about the sources of our problems and the paths to effective solutions. But what we must do is unite around our common principles and join in a collective commitment to do what it takes to provide a great education and a promising future to our young people. And, going forward, we must hold ourselves more accountable for delivering results for our kids; when it comes to ensuring that every child has access to an excellent education, no one gets a pass.

To move forward, we must accept the hard truths about where we are today and the obstacles we face. No longer can we let the good excuse the bad. Yes, we have made some gains in student outcomes, but we are not even close to achieving excellence for the majority of our students. Newark has exceptional schools but we also have some poor ones that have been tolerated for far too long. We have many talented principals and teachers in every neighborhood of our city but frankly we also have some adults who are failing our kids every day. Somewhere along the way it has become convenient to ignore failure — even at the expense of precious young minds and taxpayer dollars. If we continue to avoid talking openly and honestly about the challenges within our schools then we lose the opportunity to explore alternatives and discover solutions that can transform education in Newark.

Working together, I believe that Newark, New Jersey can become one of the first American cities to solve the crisis in public education. It will not be easy but if we commit to joining in this effort — putting the interest of kids first — there is no doubt that we will prevail. We now have the opportunity to play a much greater role in shaping the future of our public schools and to define the destiny of our city; let us unite in support of our kids and give them every opportunity possible to fulfill their greatest potential and manifest their true genius.

Sounds promising…

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  • Me

    I give the mayor 3-months to mis-manage the funds – leaving the school system in a worse condition than before the $100M. Lack of money is not the PROBLEM! It’s the corruption and mismanagement. It’s also the favortism (sending money to wealthier school systems and neglecting the poorer ones) even though EVERYONE is FORCED to pay taxes. Any-who – good luck to the racist FB founder – hopefully he will finally become as famous as he’s trying to be. Unfortunatley for him (like Perez Hilton), he’s just not a likeable dude.

    Real talk!

  • Surprised?

    Great White man to the rescue, let’s see if they can do better doubt it it’s not the school system as much as it’s the type of children in the school and the attitude they bring. Until they realize that they need a Joe Clark type of approach they will always struggle.

  • ps360

    Ima have to go with hussein on this one. They have a nice amount of black billionaires out there and i havent heard of one who put up this amount of money. Chances r all of u who leave negative comments r some of his loyal 500million plus facebook users


    Happy for the school system.Don’t care what Zuckerbergs’ motivation is.Still…the problem with Public Schools IS NOT a lack of money.More RESPONSIBLE BREEDING.More PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.More CHARTER SCHOOLS.That would be a good start.

  • leroy

    its called tax write off grow up people

  • Really

    Really who cares?

  • http://www.childup.com/blog/ Parenting Articles

    What Mark did is what we call as an act of indulgence. People need not to argue on what he has done, instead we should appreciate a his good deed. May he continue inspiring people all over the world.

  • http://www.childup.com/blog/ Parenting Articles

    What Mark did is what we call as an act of indulgence. People need not to argue on what he has done, instead we should appreciate his good deed. May he continue inspiring people all over the world.

  • LadyJNewYork

    God bless Mark Zukerburg as his “heart” was touched to do such a kind act. Celebrate his generous deed and thoughtfulness!!
    May heaven smile upon Mr. Zukerburg “always.”


    If you’re criticizing his actions, ask yourself when the last time you donated $100 to someone.

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