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State, City Officials to Announce Schools Grant for Newark Teachers

Few details released

Acting New Jersey Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and city school officials are expected to announce Wednesday a "major" new grant for Newark Public School teachers, though little details were released Tuesday.

"It's a grant that helps support great teaching," said a spokeswoman for Foundation for Newark's Future, a philanthropy group that manages some of the city's educational grants and oversees Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to city schools.

She said officials also "will provide an update on the historic investment in Newark's public schools." The spokeswoman refused to release the grant's amount.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday that the cash is part of Zuckerberg's gift. Lisa Fleisher, quoting sources close to the plans, writes that $600,000 of the $100 million "will be given directly to public schoolteachers" in the form of $10,000 grants.

Zuckerberg donated the money last September.

When asked about the cash at Tuesday night's Newark School Advisory Board meeting, state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson said she could not disclose any information until Wednesday.

The announcement is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Harriet Tubman School on South 10th Street in the city.


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