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Mark Zuckerberg Highlights What He Learned After $100 Million Gift To Newark

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Five years after donating $100 million to remake education in Newark, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says he's using lessons learned...

Lessons From Newark: Why School Reforms Will Not Work Without Addressing Poverty

The Conversation US | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.

The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

Owen Griffith | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Owen Griffith

The trio of Zuckerberg, Christie, and Booker came in to try to flip Newark's school system, predicting that within five years, they would have a national model for turning around any big urban school system that needed help.

Verizon's Memo to Staff About FiOS: "Trust the Facts." What About the Truth?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Click for Verizon's "Trust the Facts". Verizon created "Trust the Facts", a fact sheet and talking points for the Verizon staff. It appears to be ba...

Confronting My Prejudices About People Like Me

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Nika C. Beamon

I harbor prejudices about people like me: Black and living in the inner city. However, I wasn't fully aware of it until one night I hobbled on to the number one subway train on Manhattan's Upper West Side using my cane.

Newark Must Invest More in Millennials

Rashawn Davis | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

There is an entire group of people in this city who are being left out of the decision making process. If we want to thrive, young people need to be apart of the conversation and apart of the decisions. We need to be talked to, not talked at. The future of our city, Newark depends on it.

Q&A: Washington Post Reporter Dale Russakoff On Why the Big Plan for Saving Newark's Schools Imploded

The National Book Review | Posted 10.09.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

In her critically acclaimed book "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools," Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff tells the story of how an ambitious plan to turn around Newark's failing schools crashed and burned.

Review: How Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, And Cory Booker Flunked School Reform

The National Book Review | Posted 10.07.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

No one was tasked with informing Newark that its school system was about to be overhauled by a pair of politicians with a think-tank plan, backed by a Silicon Valley fortune.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Hubris

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Ifi charter schools are only as good as their teachers and leaders why not try to make the district more efficient so that you can have publicly governed schools and a publicly governed system responding to the needs of Newark kids and the concerns of the community?

Determined to Succeed: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day The Pollination Project provides a seed grant of $1000 to a social change visionary who is making their community and the world a more sust...

Newark's Art Scene Speaks Volumes in Glass

Isa Freeling | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Some exciting things are happening in Newark, New Jersey. It is quickly becoming a new cultural hub. Its Gateway project located in the Gateway Center (built in 1932), is becoming the centerpiece of this extraordinary renaissance. The brainchild of two amazing women.

Hackers, Press Releases and Millions

Blayne Davis | Posted 08.20.2015 | Crime
Blayne Davis

Gordon Gekko said it best in Oliver Stone's classic Wall Street, "The most valuable commodity in the world is information." Indeed, that's true, but of course, the ruthless insider trader played by Michael Douglas implored his young protégé Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) to take it a little bit further.

Yep, The 10 Worst Cities For Driving Are Pretty Predictable

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 07.28.2015 | HuffPost Home

For some people, commuting to work means hopping out of bed and heading to the next room to sit in a home office. For others, it involves dealing with...

'The Fraud,' -- A Conversation with Brad Parks

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In The Fraud, a rash of carjackings is terrorizing Newark. When one theft results in the murder of a banking executive, Ross begins investigating the case. He soon learns that a Nigerian immigrant was also killed in another carjacking only days apart from the executive's murder.

When Kids Walk Out of School, Who's Listening?

Junius Williams | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Junius Williams

The state of New Jersey is in charge and the ball is in Governor Christie's court, to act on student demands that Cami Anderson be replaced; and that school district disruption cease.

Who's Listening in Newark?

Peter Greene | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

When Mayor Ras Baraka joined a student protest on Newark's main drag last Wednesday, it was if New Jersey media had collectively decided they were going to silence the dissenting voices of Newark.

Baltimore, Black Advocacy, and Our Future

Rashawn Davis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

Like many others, I took some time to be thoughtful before I wrote a piece about the events in Baltimore surrounding Freddie Gray. Every aspect of this situation seems to be incredibly divisive within the dialogues of our communities.

Polio, Cancer - One Nemesis May Counter the Other

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

For those of us who were spared by fate and vaccine, Philip Roth's Nemesis charts polio's course and brings to mind the friends and neighbors who suffered the withering and the life-long incarceration of limbs.

I Am 28 Years Old, And I Am Too Young to Lose My Mother

Alicia Cook | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

My grandmother never got to see my mother marry my father. She never got to grow old with my grandfather. She never got to attend the weddings of her grandchildren. Hell, she was gone long before she even had the chance to find out she was going to be a grandmother to four children.

Does Anyone in Education Reform Care if Teaching Is a Profession?

Daniel Katz | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

Reformers act as if they believe that teaching is something you do in your twenties when you are idealistic and want to "give something back" -- and then you move on to a "real career" in some other sector.

Through IGNITE, Students of Greater Newark Get a Fresh Set of Experiences

Golriz Moeini | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Golriz Moeini

The other day on my drive home I was listening KPFK to the story about education. The journalist, who is a producer on the show did a piece on the suc...

Talking Left-Handed Sh*t to Right-Handed People

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

There seems to be a new generation in which some people feel free to use to the N-word (at least in their own fraternity house) with no fear of the consequences. They are "talking left-handed shit to right-handed people." I only hope there are enough right-minded people to shut them up and send them away.

PARCC Is 30 Days of Destruction

Branden Rippey | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Branden Rippey

We are offended by the situation in which we find ourselves, in which education policy is dictated by billionaires who never taught a day in their lives, while our patiently gained professional expertise is ignored. Thirty days of testing is sufficiently outrageous and -- we believe -- indefensible.

The Student Heroes of Newark

Daniel Katz | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

It may be back to business as usual in the Superintendent's office in Newark as Cami Anderson continues to push changes and incompetent management upon the children and families of the city and ducks her legal and ethical responsibilities to meet with them. However, in one very important way, business cannot return to usual.

Black Millennials: We Need Your Presence, Not Just Your Success

Rashawn Davis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

These gentrified zones that we tend to migrate to as an "escape" don't need us as much as they need the incomes associated with us. However, there are cities and neighborhoods across this country that are desperate for the presence of strong and successful men and women of color.