NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Five new high schools in Newark have been awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million from last fall’s $100 million donation made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The awards were announced Tuesday by the Foundation for Newark’s Future, the organization created to disburse the money.

BARD High School Early College Newark and Sakia Gunn High School for Civic Engagement each received $175,000 grants. Newark Leadership Academy, Newark BRIDGES High School and Newark S.T.E.A.M. Academy each received $125,000 grants. All five schools received an additional $50,000 to help them meet their goal of opening in the fall.

In addition to Zuckerberg’s grant last September, $44 million has been raised in matching grants from other foundations.

The project already has spent $1 million to survey residents on what school improvements are needed.

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Comments (4)
  1. mm says:

    I wish the kids luck but overcoming a thug neighborhood where gangster lifestyles are glorified it will be rough…! God Bless

    1. thenewarkkid says:

      for that mm person we all nto that kinda people so u should just think befor u speak

  2. David Goldstein says:

    Now they can buy more basketball equipment with the money.

    1. Sandrine says:

      I don’t know if you are sarcastic, David, trying to insinuate that students of Newark public schools are only good for basketball. I think the money was given , at least that should be the objective of people who care about our youth, all of them no exception (NCLB), so to hire better teachers, or I would say qualified teachers to provide these students with the best education, not only the academic one but the social, and moral that they deserve. I wish them the best, and to all other districts who suffer from discrimination.

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