How Politics Trumped a Mark Zuckerberg-funded Dream for U.S. Schools

Despite a $100m. gift from the Facebook founder, payoffs and patronage conspired to thwart the much-needed reforms of an inner-city school system in New Jersey, author Dale Russakoff tells Haaretz.

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When journalist Dale Russakoff heard the news, five years ago, that Mark Zuckerberg had pledged $100 million to help reform the education system in Newark, she saw a book waiting to be written.