Too Bad He Didn’t Just Start His Own School, or Two

I am confident that his intentions were good. But what a sad waste this is, especially when you think of all of the good that money could have done in better hands.

Mark Zuckerberg gave New Jersey $100 million to fix Newark’s schools, and it looks like it was a waste: “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.

Between 2010 and 2012, The New Yorker reports that ‘more than twenty million dollars 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.

Today, the money is pretty much gone, and Newark has hardly become that symbol of excellence.

In 2010, Mayor Booker found a loophole in getting money to help fund Newark’s educational reform. It came in the form of philanthropic donations, which, unlike government funding, required no public review of priorities or spending.”

  • Harry

    Boy, you nailed that one, Speedmaster.

    Had Zuckerberg been the owner of the school, he would have hired a headmaster to spend wisely.

    I was once a $1000 per day consultant, and I had to please my client every day, not with jokes, but real results that produced a desired result that exceeded what I billed, but that is another story. I bet the consultants were but a fraction of how Newark school wasted truckloads of money, starting with not teaching the alphabet, Dick and Jane, and times tables.

    Zuckerberg could also have dropped vouchers out of airplanes, following instructions from EWR air traffic control.