What happens when you combine two political celebrities, one tech billionaire, powerful unions, and a municipal school district long considered a failure? The resulting mix of often indiscernible successes and failures are cataloged in The New Yorker's new examination of Newark school reform.
The players are familiar to most: former Newark mayor, now-Sen. Cory Booker; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Much was made of Zuckerberg's $100 million pledge to help rebuild Newark's schools in 2010, but that font has largely run dry, and it's unclear if it will have much of a lasting positive effect.