For the failing school system of Newark, NJ, the $100 million lifeline should have been the answer to its problems. When Mark Zuckerberg teamed up with then Newark mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, they had a plan, the funds and a lot of people watching. With this combination of money and political backing, how could they fail?
Zuckerberg, Booker, and Christie not only wanted to fix a local problem, but to also find a solution for struggling schools nationwide. Despite their strong team, successful reforms proved elusive.