Jersey Jazzman reports on a massive dump of emails about Mark Zuckerberg’s gift of $100 million to “save” Newark’s schools. The emails were released on Christmas Eve, with the expectation that no one would notice them. There never was any expectation that much of the money would reach the children of Newark. A big chunk has been used to pay consultants, but the largest portion is being applied to underwrite merit pay in the Newark teachers’ contract. This will make that contract a national model, but only if Mark Zuckerberg is willing to pony up billions of his personal wealth to fund merit pay everywhere else.
Read this post. It shows the reformers acting about as cynical and cravenly political as anything you are likely to read for a long time. And don’t forget, as you try to imagine where that $100 million is going, “it’s for the children”