Newark mayor says school reform top priority

NEWARK - The mayor of New Jersey's largest city says overhauling the troubled school system is his main priority.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker made the point as he delivered his annual State of the City speech last night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Booker said he will make public all details of philanthropic dollars invested in the schools, including names of donors, grant recipients and other information. The school reform program is largely being fueled by a $100 million grant from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Booker says he will propose a longer school day and more control for school principals as a way to improve student performance. The mayor also talked about tenure reform for teachers and replacing failing schools. Booker said he'd like to see changes come to the schools later this year.

The mayor also discussed public safety in the wake of recent police layoffs, economic development, and the city budget in the face of a $30 million deficit.

VIDEO: Newark Mayor Cory Booker's full State of the City address

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