$600,000 in Facebook grant funds to go to teachers

NEWARK - A portion of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to Newark schools is going to a program designed to foster creative ideas among the city's teachers.

The $600,000 program will provide $10,000 grants to teachers or groups of teachers who come up with innovative classroom programs. Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson said the programs should focus on connections between schools and communities and teacher development.

Some of the funding that has already been disbursed has gone toward opening new schools, extending school days and recruiting teachers.

The Foundation for Newark's Future was set up to administer the Zuckerberg money and raise matching grants. Foundation CEO Greg Taylor says more than $7 million has gone to school programs to date.

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