KUDOS to NJ Gov Chris Christie for partnering with Mark Zuckerberg * FACEBOOK founder * in an effort to turn around the Newark, NJ schools. The Associated press article outlines prior efforts by private benefactors, including Bill Gates, to provide financial assistance to failing or poor performing schools in Memphis and Tampa, Florida and several of the obstacles that they have had to overcome.
Unlike the Memphis and Tamps schools, the Newark schools system will have to work with the very strong teachers union which Christie had a run-in with early in his term as governor.
Although not mentioned in the AP article, one of the MAJOR problems with these failing schools is the deterioration of the school buildings themselves. There are local, state and national resources for determining if these buildings should be saved or are too far gone for effective repairs and renovation.
As a student who grew up in the Boomer "classroom-in-a-trailer" generation, addressing the school buildings should be the FIRST item on the agenda so that the learning atmosphere is improved for students, faculty and staff.
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM * GIBSON MANAGEMENT GROUP, Ltd.
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