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Priscilla Chan

5 years after Facebook pledge, Newark schools struggle

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show five years ago this week to announce a $100 million donation to remake education in Newark, it was presented as an effort to make a struggling city a national model for turning around urban schools. Advocates see success in the most visible result so far — many more students in charter schools. But the exodus of students and the public funding that comes with them from the Newark Public Schools has deepened a financial crisis in a district that still educates most of the children in New Jersey's largest city. A big part of Zuckerberg's mission was also to improve the traditional public schools....