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Zukerberg’s $100M Lesson

James Piereson & Naomi Schaefer Riley, Wall Street Journal

“What happened with the $100 million that Newark’s schools got from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg?” asks a recent headline. “Not much” is the short answer…

The bulk of the funds supported consultants and the salaries and pensions of teachers and administrators, so the donation only reinforced the bureaucratic and political ills that have long plagued public education in the Garden State…

In 1993, philanthropist Walter Annenberg sought to improve education by awarding $500 million to America’s public schools…

But the $1.1 billion in spending that resulted, thanks to matching grants, accomplished little…The funds wound up in the hands of the unions, administrators and political figures who created the problems in the first place…

Our Response & Your Comments



By Steve Buckstein


Imagine a world where we buy our groceries in government stores. We can only shop at the store nearest our house.
If we want to shop somewhere else, we're forced to move our family into another neighborhood--if we can afford it.


Do you think lawmakers should be exempt from PERS?

PORTLAND - Oregon's newest lawmakers will have to decide by Feb. 12 whether they want to participate in a state retirement system already $14 billion in the red.

Only three of the state's 90 state lawmakers opted out of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System or other state retirement options last year despite an obvious conflict of interest: lawmakers benefit from a system they control.


Cash becomes a player in school races

By Edward Russo
The Register-Guard

Seven of the 11 candidates for Eugene district board positions are raising and spending campaign money.

Appeared in print: Saturday, May 14, 2011, page B1

Eugene School Board elections typically are low-key contests. Candidates often don't have opponents and there's little need to spend much money to get elected.