$100 Million Gift Gives Newark Schools A Second Chance

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Source: Rich Gardella, Lisa Myers and Azriel Relph / MSNBC

Newark, N.J. — In a neighborhood about two miles from this city’s downtown business district, a former public middle school offers the most visible evidence of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook money at work. The big building — once Camden Middle School and occupying a large chunk of a city block — is now the home of several new niche public high schools created by the Newark public school system.

The schools opened for the first time in September, funded in part by the $100 million gift to Newark’s public schools announced a year ago by Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO.
The Bard High School Early College, which uses parts of the first and second floors of the building, offers advanced college courses and instruction for the best, brightest and most ambitious students. Upon graduation, the students also will have earned 60 college credits, the equivalent of a two-year college associate degree.

The Newark Bridges High School, which occupies parts of the first and third floors, offers a “second chance” for students who have fallen behind and need more attention, management and support to catch up — including dropouts.

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