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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg just “friended” the entire Newark Public School System. Zuckerberg has agreed to donate $100 million to improve the long-troubled school system and he’ll challenge others to match his generosity to the city’s schools, according to The New York Times. The donation is watershed for both Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie, who were facing the loss of a $400 million in federal education grants due to a clerical error last month. The state took over Newark’s schools in 1995 after deeming them a failure. Still, the school system continues to have problems. Its test scores and graduation rates are among the lowest in the state. Considering those stats in tandem with the fact Newark public school teachers are the highest paid in the state, critics say the money should be used wisely.


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