Was Zuckerberg’s $100M School Gift a Waste?

Caroline Moss, MSN, May 14, 2014

In fall 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah that he’d be making a generous gift to Newark, N.J.

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 percent. It needed the help, and Booker’s vision sounded promising.

Between 2010 and 2012, The New Yorker reports that “more than $20 million 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.

The New Yorker has the full 12-page story, and we’ve dug into it to find some of the main timeline points you need to know.

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Zuckerberg was confident Newark and Booker were the right recipients for this huge gift (given over five years), and agreed to gift $100 million with a few stipulations:

Booker would also have to raise $100 million. Zuckerberg’s money would be released to Newark as matching dollars rolled in.
Booker would have to replace the current superintendent with a “transformational leader.”

The reform ended up looking like this: taking low-performing public schools and closing them, turning them into charter schools and “themed” high schools. But there was no easy way to expand charters without destabilizing traditional public schools.

In the months following the gift announcement, Booker and Christie still had no superstar superintendent and no reform plan.

Zuckerberg was concerned and urged Booker to find the superintendent, even sending Booker a poster widely seen around the Facebook campus that read, “Done is better than perfect.”

Immediately, Booker appointed Cami Anderson for the job. She implemented ways to help students and improve schools (all which The New Yorker detailed), but there were roadblocks along the way, like how the students brought the issues going on in their homes with them to the classroom.

Anderson wanted to give schools more support to help students on emotional and social levels, but Newark had already been spending more money per student than most districts in the entire country, none of which was reaching the children it existed to help.

New contracts were being created, money was being hemorrhaged, and the district was going broke. {snip}

Then, in January of this year, The Washington Post reported on “dozens of emails between the Zuckerberg camp (including Zuckerberg himself) and the Booker camp (including Booker himself),” which ended up revealing that state education officials were going above and beyond to get money from big private donors to remake public schools in the way they want to.

Anderson came up with another plan called One Newark, which sounded like it could work. Families would choose which charter or public schools they would want to send their children to. Children from the lowest-income families would get first pick. So would kids with special needs.

It all sounded great until parents and teachers realized it was only on paper. Solutions hadn’t been figured out fully. Programs hadn’t been developed. Issues like transportation had not yet been tackled. Things that were promised didn’t come to fruition.

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You can read the full report from The New Yorker here.

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  • Nancy Thomas

    MZ is anti-white filth.
    Every move he makes, every donation is a dagger into the white body.
    He funded Rene Ellmers so she could beat back primary opponents with lies
    about how she is “against amnesty” when she is clearly FOR amnesty!
    She just got eaten alive on the Laura Ingraham show not more than a month ago
    when she openly said she was for amnesty and called Laura a racist.
    I quit FB because of my intense hatred for MZ. He should be deported.

    • RealisticGuy

      To Israel perhaps…

    • FeuerSalamander

      wow, I was once scrubbed for saying this, but in different words.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      Renee is good people. Solid as a rock. She knows that middle class greed hurts billionaires in need. She’ll always be there for anything I need.

      • Nancy Thomas

        I think you should move to Israel before the SHTF.

      • Gabe

        Long Live Zuckurburg

    • Gabe

      Deported to New York?

      • Nancy Thomas

        Israel.

    • WR_the_realist

      I never had a Facebook account because I always saw it as a public trap door into the NSA.

  • If your standard was improving the educational outcomes of the NAM students in Newark, New Jersey, then of course it was a failure. It was never going to be anything but a failure, it never could have succeeded.

    But you have to start thinking cynically.

    This was a resounding success.

    Why?

    Cory Booker is now in the U.S. Senate, and is said to be the next great mulatto messiah hopeychanger, Obama 2.0.

    Chris Christie won re-election as Governor easily, and until Bridgegate, he was the front runner for the Republican nomination in 2016.

    Mark Zuckerberg’s donation covered up the movie The Social Network exposing him for the two-faced rat and fink and backstabber that he is. Now, today, his 30th birthday no less, he’s worth $25 billion.

    Oprah will soon own the Clippers.

    And to show how things have come full circle, one Ras Baraka, a Newark city council member and a principal of a high school in the Newark district, and a critic of Booker-Zuck-Christie triumvirate and their school scheme, won an election yesterday as the next Newark Mayor.

    It was a success because everyone principally involved got to engage in a feel good orgy of pathological altruism.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      Aw, it’s nice for you to remember my birthday.

      But unfortunately, that means I lost the bet. Only 25 billion at 30, not 30 billion.

      So if you happen to be in Florida anywhere south of Orlando and you happen to make your way to a mega mansion, kindly avert your eyes.

    • SoulInvictus

      Isn’t it funny how reps from the places with known records of rampant corruption (Chicago, Jersey, etc) somehow seem to rise to the top in both parties…

    • Oil Can Harry

      I don’t know if the metrosexual Booker is Obama 2.0 but I suspect Zuckerberg’s wife is Wendi Deng 2.0- an Oriental golddigger scamming a billionaire.

      You also forgot to mention that Newark’s new mayor is the son of racist anti-white dirtbag Amiri Baraka.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Everybody’s getting paid but Raheem still can’t read…”

    After 50 years, does this even NEED a comment anymore?

    • TruthBeTold

      Well apparently few people hear it or want to believe it.

      So yes, we still need to speak out about the obvious.

      And this entire high-profile fiasco is a good story to spread it around.

  • dd121

    The left has the mistaken belief that wealth creates favorable IQs. The truth is that high IQ creates wealth.

    • FeuerSalamander

      And slick people can manipulate society so that THEY can have the wealth that others created.

  • TruthBeTold

    …what Zuckerberg called “a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation,”

    LOL.

    This guys know as much about education as he does about immigration reform.

    He needs to stick to what he’s good at; writing code and screwing his friends.

    • RealisticGuy

      Zuckerburg is a good coder? Didn’t someone else do all the heavy lifting?

      • FeuerSalamander

        he is a good “FAST TALKER”. He is a prime example of how a certain group gets ahead with their “verbal skills”. Did he produce anything? NO. Did he invent anything? NO. Was he able to take the credit for someone else’s creation and pass it off as his own………? Well, in the tradition of Einstein… YES!!!!!!

        • RealisticGuy

          There was a bit of legal wrangling. Unfortunately for the other guys, the university mediators were tribe…

          • FeuerSalamander

            the lawyers on both sides were….., the judge was…….

        • Marc Zuckurburg

          And unlike you, I have an undisclosed extradition-free tax haven to flee to when I wreck everything here.

          • FeuerSalamander

            well, I hope he has a radiation proof suit to wear there

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            Zuck you know Singapore is after all a pretty small town, you risk to run into that old pal of yours Eduardo

        • WR_the_realist

          Please tell me from whom Einstein stole the general theory of relativity or the photon theory of light (the latter being the result for which he won the Nobel prize in physics).

          • FeuerSalamander

            There is an excellent book on the subject titled “Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist”

            The names you requested are Voigt, FitzGerald, Larmor, Poincaré, and Lorentz.

            Einstein is on record as saying “the secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

            From the book “Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist” :

            “The Einstein’s 1905 paper failed to present references to the work it “combined” of Lorentz and Poincaré. That which was “new’ in the approach was of MINOR significance. Poincaré’s work was itself the combination of Lorentz’s and Poincaré’s ideas, which “combination” Mileva and Albert did not create, but simply repeated, parroting Poincaré’s earlier works, virtually verbatim.”

          • WR_the_realist

            Nobody claims Einstein discovered the photoelectric effect. What he did was explain why it happens.

            “Anticipating the general theory of relativity” is not the same thing as actually discovering it. See en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/Paul_Gerber for a discussion of the issue.

            The ideas of special relativity were certainly in the air at the time Einstein wrote his first paper on the subject. Indeed, the basic coordinate transformations are called the Lorentz transformations because Lorenz came up with them first. Einstein didn’t reference Lorenz in his first paper but did in his second. The usual Einstein bashers will insist that this is proof of plagiarism, but the more obvious interpretation is that Einstein had not been aware of Lorentz’s work at the time he wrote his first paper. Anyhow, had a prize been awarded for special relativity I agree with Wein that it should have been shared between Lorentz and Einstein.

      • TruthBeTold

        Ok then; his only talent. Screwing his friends.

        • RealisticGuy

          Don’t forget disappointing his mother!

          • TruthBeTold

            I don’t know that story. Fill me in. Details, lots of details.

          • RealisticGuy

            He married an Asian woman. Jewish mother joke.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      “Writing code and screwing his friends”

      You’re half right.

  • bubo

    No one here is surprised by this. I doubt Zuckerberg is either. This is a white guilt payment, nothing more.

    The education system is basically a black jobs program.

  • JSS

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

    Wrought with crime is of course Orwellian newspeak for fatally black. A 67 percent graduation rate is surely 67 percent to high. Newark doesn’t need help, it needs to be quarantined.

    • FeuerSalamander

      “terminally black” might be a better expression. I would say anything above 1% is serious condition ,anything above 10% is grave condition, anything above 30% is terminal condition.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Yes the people or Newark are just “victims” of all of this crime, as they are in no way responsible for it. Crime is just one of those things that just seems to happen spontaneously in majority black areas. No one knows why, just like no one knows why it rains more in Vermont than it does in Southern California.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes you need a Grant to study this problem,its kind of like flight 370 will we ever know?

  • Romulus

    No surprise here!
    The game wardens of the schools saw an opportunity for free handouts and were eating at the trough.

  • So CAL Snowman

    It sounds more and more like this Zuckerberg chap is just the front man for FB and nothing more. Who seriously gives away $100 million to an african school district with the hopes of creating a “symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation?” That is just plain non sense. It reminds me of an old saying, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh**.” Americans are so stupid and gullible they actually believed that this $100 million transfer payment was capable and intended to uplift the poor Africans. Idiot Americans are so brain dead that they truly believe that money can make people more intelligent, that what separates the Whites from the blacks is the amount of money spent on White education vs. black education. This was just a big political pay out organized behind the scenes with MZ and FB acting as the fronts. The right people get paid, private donors get fleeced, and everyone gets to feel good about themselves for helping the poor, oppressed Africans. This “nation” is a sick joke.

    • FeuerSalamander

      Who seriously gives away $100 million to an african school district with the hopes of creating a “symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation?”—- an arrogant young person that has not yet learned life’s hard lessons. This fool will most likely lose his fortune at some point.

    • WR_the_realist

      Actually a lot of super rich people make very foolish choices once they go into “give away my money for the common good” mode. They live a life insulated from the diversity so are among those most likely to believe the lefty nonsense. Probably the worst are the trust fund babies who grow up with a pile of money they never had to earn. They add a giant dollop of liberal white guilt to their ignorance about the reality of diversity.

  • bubo

    I wonder how many leased Mercedes, gaudy animal fur coats, bling bling jewelry and Caribbean cruises were paid for with Zuck’s money?

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      My wife is more expensive.

  • FeuerSalamander

    “Everybody’s getting paid but Raheem still can’t read.”— BWAH HA HA HA HA HA ! Yeah, but those getting paid are buying weaves and fake nails and fancy cars and Luis Vuiton bags etc……

  • FeuerSalamander

    “Everybody’s getting paid but Raheem still can’t read.”…. and he has five kids on welfare and will likely produce five more and we will all be paying for them.

  • Zuckerberg’s money was not a waste. He accomplished exactly what he wanted with that donation: he bought himself $100 million worth of libtard moral smugness. Any other result was – and remains – not only completely accidental, but quite irrelevant.

    • FeuerSalamander

      Yeah, but Sean Penn got the same value by renting a dinghy and rowing down a flooded street and crying while heeling ONE black person on board.

    • Ed

      Exactly this was a cheap price to pay to covered in the aura of self-righteousness. While he donates $100 million to the hopeless endeavor of educating poor Blacks, he can lobby Congress for more immigrants. Facebook doesn’t like paying top dollar for engineers.

    • MBlanc46

      And plenty of publicity for Facebook.

  • Tom Thumb

    Zuckerberg’s money is a hazy memory now. Booker is down in dc and the band plays on. Oh, and I should be given some sort of award for actually reading that BS.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Obviously $100 million was not enough.

    Zuckerberg needs to cough up at least $500 million if he expects results, $1B would be even more effective and produce better results.

    Now pay up you cheap, racist bastard.

    And when Newark is fixed, you can head over to Detroit and fix the schools there.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      Hey now, that well only has so much water. A hundred million here, a hundred million there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        FB stock is real money since when ?

    • Jesse James

      Yeah if you pay them enough they could hire unemployed white college graduates to follow each young black around for the rest of their lives and do their reading for them. Maybe balance their check books to and help them fill out their government forms.

      • Kenner

        They don’t need check books. They have us.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    I love attention. Look at me.

    Any way I can get it.

    • Magician

      With a wife that looks like yours

      You are bound to be stared in public….

      You should have gone for Erin Heatherton instead. Erin is also an Ashkenazi Jew (A Jew of Eastern European or German descent) who currently works as a Victoria’s Secret model

      • Marc Zuckurburg

        No way, someone like her and I would have never worked. You know how those sorts are, always going on and on about social justice and feminism and equal this and equal that and treat me equal and quit thinking of me as a piece of meat. Irritating as all get out.

        It would almost be like me being married to myself.

        • Magician

          Hahahahahaha

          It would be a great honor to have your continuing presence on AmRen and receive your inputs on various matters.

      • FeuerSalamander

        I giver her aryanization papers

        • Magician

          She ALREADY IS a Caucasian person…. Look at her amazingly beautiful blond hair. Have you ever heard of a “blond non-white person”?

          • FeuerSalamander

            That is what I was trying to say, I don’t know why the comment was deleted. IN my mind, she is “nordic”

          • ftex

            Yes.

          • NoMosqueHere

            The lib media will make her a star.

          • shmo123

            Some Aborigines have blond hair due to a genetic mutation.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Muh excellence.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Zuck’s dough would have been better spent on free toilet paper for Newark’s blacks.

    • MBlanc46

      It would have been better spent if he’d given it to me.

  • JP Rushton

    “Anderson came up with another plan called One Newark, which sounded like
    it could work. Families would choose which charter or public schools
    they would want to send their children to. Children from the
    lowest-income families would get first pick. So would kids with special
    needs.”

    I read this and was just stunned.

    This would not fix anything. The best schools would soon be swamped with horrible dysfunctional kids who would soon ruin the school. It would just be a game of merry-go-round where the worst kids move to the best schools every year and turn them into the worst schools.

    “Special needs” means kids with severe learning or mental disorders. Yeah, good luck teaching Raheem when he wants to stick a pencil into the eyes of his classmates.

    • MBlanc46

      I read the entire article, and although the author excoriates just about everyone involved in this nightmare, he apparently thinks that this sort of “school reform” actually will teach Raheem to read.

  • Magician

    This man was basically determined to marry a woman of East Asian ancestry, regardless of her beauty, or lack of, just so he can slap attractive white women around the world in the face….

    Hey look at me look at me I am very progressive, unique and exotic! I am married interracially! I married an East Asian woman who is basically considered a trophy among white men nowadays!!

    • FeuerSalamander

      but…he’s…. butt ugly. They are hoping a Wong and an White makes something that’s….. kinda………………………………….. all right.

      • Magician

        In the dating world, men’s appearance do not matter as much as it does in a woman.

        • FeuerSalamander

          so… why did he pick HER then? She needs to book a flight to South Korea for some “work”

          • Grantland

            Why did John Lennon pick Yoko Ono?

          • Magician

            He had to prove that he is not a racist by marrying a non-white woman. When a white woman goes for a black man (which is still very rare except UK) and when a white man goes for an East Asian woman, they want to send this message to everyone they meet in public. “hey look at me look at me I am not a racist!! I am with a non-white girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse!”

            But if you ask me, “Then why is it very rare to see Asian male-white female couples?” That is because the mainstream media have done a wonderful job of convincing all viewers that black men are very well-mannered, very, family oriented, and work as very skilled professionals, whereas Asian men are wimply, weak, not masculine enough, and own small Chinese food restaurants.

            And if you want to know why there are not many Black Female – White Male couples,

            Well it is still rare but they do exist, and in the eyes of white men, Asian women (even the ones like Mrs. Zuckerberg) are more beautiful than black women.

          • I married a Japanese gal and she and I are both racists. Try another theory?

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            I hear you Michael, it’s the same for me and somehow i believe our magical friend here have it upside down: not a few of these white guy/asian gal couples err at least on the conservative side of the spectrum. Missus here is capable of spewing some of the most venomous racial trash talking against brown&blacks (and other asians of course) my distressed ears have ever been subject to. Literally stuff that would make the most radical hitlerite here on the Amren board blush like a very young teen girl who’s just been asked out for the first date of her life by the boy she secretly likes.

            Now let me tell you a little story, one that will probably make a few posters amused/disgusted/infuriated or more likely one that will make me look like a clownish douche…

            Before we moved, we all (meaning me, her and the son i raised) lived in Italy for a few years. One night, while being both abundantly liquored-up, had an argument that quickly degenerated. At some point she kinda lost it and went off on a long tirade against Italians who were, according to her gospel “The dumbest people on Earth” “Ugly pakistani-looking trash” “Poor third world s_it” etc. etc.

            I’m not a guy who gets easily offended but that was a little too much even for me: i told her to go back to Seoul and so she did. We parted our ways for approximately 2 months, then both me and my son really missed her so we all swallowed our pride and managed to stitch up the whole incident.

            After that time we never had blow-ups like that but i knew she was really miserable in a country that looked like a Cayenne to her, so when the right opportunity arose i took her and son, moved and never looked back.

            Honestly i never felt particularly attached to Italy, i consider myself more a son of Mitteluropa: grandma was a strawberry blonde green eyed Hungarian ashkenazi, grandpa an ash blonde blue-eyed man from the Trentino region, i inherited their features and not my dad Med look, so i do really stick-out even in Northern Italy. Said so thinking about that night still kinda leaves a sour taste in my mouth: i realised how my country has fallen so low that even somebody from Korea, a nation 2 generations ago desperately poor, could confidently ridicule it as a goofball banana republic.

            We thought about having a child together but gave up on the idea, i believe subconsciously there are racial loyalties between us that prevent us from doing that, so hey guys at least you gotta give it to us: we don’t do the miscegenation thing.

            PS

            Michael i honestly think you should write your biography…i mean it as a compliment, good luck to you and your family

          • Sayaka thinks Chinese and Koreans are inferior, but no longer actively hates Koreans or Taiwanese.

            I liked Italy when I was there. The food was amazing in the north. Especially in Trieste. Trieste proves diversity works very well, provided it is white. In the case of Trieste, those are Italian, German and southern Slavic influences. What’s not to like about Trieste?

            Italy was certainly not a “goofball banana republic”, though Gypsies were trying to sell things on the Spanish Steps in Rome. The best fishing in the Adriatic, I am sorry to say is off the Croatian coast. The water gets deep quickly offshore there which is good for large fish. The Italian coast of the Adriatic stays shallow well offshore. The Bay of Naples is a collapsed volcanic caldera, so must be deep, even if a bit silted-up, but is a heavy shipping channel. I wouldn’t know where to fish off western Italy.

          • SlizzardAjeosshi

            Not even the finest most hi tech chisels in Gangnam can possibly fix the unfixable

  • Fudge

    No, because now the little commie is one hundred million dollars poorer. Works for me.

  • none of your business

    Here is a suggestion about “creating a learning environment” from some of the California Youth Authority prisons. They are required by law to teach all the thugs until they are 16 and CYA also requires that the thugs go to school until 18.
    Some of the classrooms in the violent offender institutions have individual cages, cyclone fence sides and top with a metal desk and chair bolted to the floor.
    The guards bring and lock in the thugs, the teacher goes through the standard lesson as mandated by state curriculum guidelines. After the required 4 hours of instruction the thugs are taken away. Unfortunately the teachers and guards still have to listen to the blacks howl, yowl, screech and scream. Of course most of the guards are black and don’t mind the garbled,gurgling, gobbling howling.

    • MBlanc46

      As scary as that sounds, it might be an answer in a lot of “inner city” schools.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Newark is a city wrought with crime.

    Uhhhhhh, no. It was WROUGHT in 1666 by white Connecticut Puritans led by militia officer Robert Treat, who was born in England.

    Now, it’s overwhelmingly black, and it’s FRAUGHT with crime.

    • Black areas are frequently frought with crime, but this is never the fault of the local black criminals. Instead, the crime just somehow arrives there by itself.

      • [Guest]

        All sorts of bad things seem to just drop out of the sky onto the heads of poor ol’ black folk, don’t they?

    • ftex

      What killed Newark were the race riots of the 1960s and the endless acceptance of federal subsidizing housing money that produced hellish housing-projects around the city. Once that happened, white flight of biblical proportions (or Detroit-proportions) came. Completely destroyed the entrepreneurial and working-class focus the city was known for going back centuries. Sad.

      • [Guest]

        I wish the damage was confined to Newark, New Jersey.

  • Kenner

    Zuckerberg could recoup part of his losses buying the bling they bought back from the pawn shops.

  • WR_the_realist

    A man in his late 20s who made billions by going public with an outrageously over valued company that could vanish in a few years (just as Myspace lost to Facebook, Facebook could lose to whatever next becomes fashionable) is bound to think he’s a lot smarter than he really is. Our country is being destroyed by elites who are far stupider than they realize.

  • Anon

    The whole thing is….hilarious. An interesting documentary to watch is “The Cartel” which is in itself a pretty funny movie because it attempts to address the fact that almost all money for “education” in New Jersey is being stolen. Yet, they cannot openly say who is stealing the money….only that they can’t effectively prosecute those responsible because of jury nullification and re-election of government officials even if they go to jail. This is, of course, because black people do not really care about the issue at all, only that whitey is getting stolen from. They don’t even really care if they don’t get a piece or if their own children do without because of it. New Jersey takes the whole thing to an extreme….putting out many times a reasonable amount for black students. Yet, visiting these schools, it is obvious the very basics of even maintaining the physical plant, are not being paid for. No desks. No books, chalk, toilet paper….the buildings are falling down from neglect. No heat in the winter. Sometimes no electricity or water. Like Detroit, there is plenty of money for all that, but those stealing it are so greedy, they don’t even pay to put up a pretense.
    What happened to Zuckerberg’s foolish and traitorous donation? It went right into the pockets of greedy black criminals. Whether or not spending that money on black education is a good idea is not even relevant. None of it got anywhere near a school. And everyone knows, especially black people.
    They could care less.

    • MBlanc46

      It’s pretty much the same in the Chicago PS. The main difference is that there are still some whites in Chicago and the city knows it has to provide some education for their children or they’ll decamp leaving Newark or Detroit behind.

  • ftex

    I am a product of the Newark school system. Granted, not from the deep hood, but from the Ironbound. It was a traditionally immigrant blue-color neighborhood, very industrial with homes for the many workers that worked in the factories that dotted the area. The local name for the area was called “down-neck”, due to the goose-neck meandering of Ferry Street, the main drag through the Ironbound.

    Population was mostly German immigrants at the turn of the century and I believe the Poles, Italians and Irish came a bit later. The Portuguese influx accelerated in the late 1950s and 1960s, right through into the 1970s. Most the European immigrants and their descendants are all gone. Now it is all Brazilian, central and south American, with some blacks that still live in subsidized housing located on the perimeter of the area.

    Can’t say my schooling in the 1980s and early 1990s was great, but like all things educational, the priorities of one’s parents, a stable family and hard work allowed me to get out. Growing up, if you traveled anywhere outside of the the Ironbound, you were in no-man’s land. $100 million would have done some good 30 yrs ago. From what I know today, $100 billion would not begin to fix the problems.

  • Gabe

    he probably doesn’t care about about spending 100 million when he has 23.3 billion to care about

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    Who’s Colonel Kurtz ?

    • Reverend Bacon

      Could it be John Boehner? John McCain?

      The horror, the horror.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        Boehner is the perfect pick, i think the guy is seriously psycho

  • MBlanc46

    Publicity-seeking billionaires. Venture capitalists. Consultants. Politicians. Ambitious bureaucrats. “Civil rights” hustlers. What a racket they’ve created. Perhaps Shakespeare was wrong about where to start.

    • Shakespeare was a product of his time, so of course for him it was the lawyers.

      • MBlanc46

        Perhaps we’ve only expanded the range of targets.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    If money could solve black dysfunction and elevate black people, it would have happened a long time ago.

  • MarcB1969

    It wasn’t a waste, because Zuckerberg used the donation as his coming out party in advance of movie about to be releases that could have portrayed him in an extremely unflattering light. He could have sent the money anonymously if he didn’t want the publicity. Everybody with half a brain knew the money was going into a black hole of mismanagement and corruption, and that it wouldn’t have a made difference even if it didn’t. The Newark school system has endemic problems due to it demographics, not it’s finances.

    Zuckerberg got exactly what he needed out of it at the time: good PR. He’s ridden that wave of positive spin into becoming known as the benevolent billionaire, so that was $100 million well spent.

  • none of your business

    Wow!!! The Zuckerbergs are going to have some ugly kids. Ugly + ugly = very ugly.

  • Frank Cartwright

    i would have given it to animal causes

    • FeuerSalamander

      splitting hairs