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ERIC Number: EJ900624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-6
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Facebook-Driven Newark Overhaul Lurches Forward
Gewertz, Catherine
Education Week, v30 n6 p1, 14-15 Oct 2010
What began as a swashbuckling move by the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the state's governor, and a newly minted billionaire to reshape the beleaguered Newark school system has turned into a tangle of blowback and counterpunches as skeptics contend the plan would violate state law. At issue is the power-sharing arrangement proposed by the three men. In a series of media appearances, including a kickoff announcement on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Sept. 24, they said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would "partner" with Mayor Cory A. Booker over the next five years on a district turnaround, drawing on the millions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will provide, through a new foundation, from his own Facebook stock. The prospect that the mayor could wield decisionmaking power, however, has alarmed education law experts, who maintain that state law would prohibit such a power shift. David G. Sciarra, the director of the Education Law Center, said that no New Jersey law permits a mayor to run schools, and that approval by the state legislature would be required for such a change. In addition to the question of how much direct authority over schools can be vested in the mayor or the governor, there is the matter of what policymaking role Mr. Zuckerberg might have. Then there is the question of what changes the three have in mind. Rev. Bill Howard of the city's Bethany Baptist Church said in crafting an effective plan, Mr. Booker and Mr. Christie will have to make sure they draw on the advice of seasoned, effective educators in Newark.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey