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12-18-15 Education in the News

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/12/18/politics-and-policy-debating-pre-k-expansion-in-the-garden-state/

NJ SPOTLIGHT - POLITICS AND POLICY: DEBATING PRE-K EXPANSION IN THE GARDEN STATE

MEIR RINDE | DECEMBER 18, 2015

'Proponents of preschool in NJ are eloquent in its defense, while opponents are equally articulate when disputing its advantages. Both sides are frustrated by financial concerns'

Seven years after a proposal to expand New Jersey’s much-touted public pre-K program was approved, the state may be getting close to actually funding the plan, at least in part. Democratic legislators have unveiled an ambitious initiative that would bring preschool to an additional 17 disadvantaged districts at a cost of $165 million over two years...

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http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/12/17/spending-down-zuckerberg-gift-celebrating-transition-in-newark/

NJ SPOTLIGHT – SPENDING DOWN ZUCKERBERG GIFT, CELEBRATING TRANSITION IN NEWARK SCHOOLS

JOHN MOONEY | DECEMBER 18, 2015

Foundation for Newark’s Future -- created by the original $100M donation -- will be shuttering its office early in coming year   'Five years and counting, the fund created by the $100 million donation to Newark schools from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is down to its last dollars -- give or take a million.'

The $200 million fund, which reflects a match from other big funders, is down to about $10 million yet-to-be-committed money, its executives said. And with the balance to be handed off to a local foundation to steward, the Foundation for Newark’s Future -- the entity create out of the donation -- will be closing its downtown Newark offices in early 2016...