Note: This is a summary of a past NPTtv story about the Mark Zuckerberg 100 Million Challenge Grant.
Students in Newark New Jersey using the social networking site Facebook during class time may need to be rewarded by teachers, instead of being punished. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg has pledged $100 million towards to the struggling public school system. Zuckerberg has stated that every child deserves access to a good education and he has expressed concern that this is not taking place presently.
Kick starting a struggling education system
The amount in question, made available over a 5 year period, will be the first grant made from his new foundation, Startup Education. The foundation focuses on enhancing education in the United States. Zuckerberg appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show along with Newark mayor, Cory Booker, as well as New Jersey governor Chris Christie to discuss the donation. According to Mayor Booker, as much as 50% of high school student fail to graduate. The state took control of the school system from local officials in 1995. Governor Christie has said that the state will authorize Mayor Booker to develop a thorough education plan.
The school system's annual budget is approximately $800 million. School and state officials have started creating a strategy to put the $100 million grant to good use.