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Inhaltsangabe: When Mark Zuckerberg announced in front of a cheering Oprah audience his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools - and to solve the education crisis in every city in America - it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved - Newark’s key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students. Expert journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts - as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents, and bewildered students.

From the Back Cover: Thisis of one the most disturbing and powerful books I ve read in years.The point of this story is not that the well-intentioned Mark Zuckerberg and his wife gave $100 million to help those less fortunate. The point is they gave it to the wrong people.This deeply researched story left me cheering for teachers, crying for schoolchildren, and raging at politicians. WithThe Prize, Dale Russakoff demonstrates why she is one of the great nonfiction voices of our time. James McBride, National Book Award winning author ofThe Good Lord Bird and The Color of Water

The fight for, or over, the children of Newark might have been merely an important story about the future of public education in America, but in Russakoff s accomplished hands and with a cast of characters including Chris Christie, Cory Booker, and Mark Zuckerberg it has become a Shakespearean spectacle of cross-purposes: ambition, altruism, and just about any human drive that invites an equal and opposite reaction. Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize winning author ofCarry Me Home

Dale Russakoff managed to get amazing access to the inside story of Mark Zuckerberg s giant gift to Newark s schools.Andshe shows how it all fell apart, derailed and compromised by arrogant reformers, ambitious politicians, and shortsighted special interests. An essential history of the modern education reform movement, both infuriating and inspiring. Paul Tough, author ofHow Children Succeed

WithThe PrizeDale Russakoff has brilliantly rendered the hopes, complexities, pitfalls, and flaws of the efforts to reform American education. This is not simply the compelling story of a single conflict-ridden school system; it is a metaphor for the failing institutions that have betrayed an entire generation of American children. Jelani Cobb, author ofThe Substance of Hope

Dale Russakoff, one of America s great journalists, illuminates one of the country s great problems the failure of inner-city schools with on-the-ground reporting that extends from the governor s office and fancy philanthropies down (or up) to the small miracles performed every day by dedicated Newark classroom teachers.Defenders of charter schools and district schools will find not the usual talking points and platitudes, but hard truths contained in Russakoff s brilliant blend of skeptical and compassionate reportage. Jonathan Alter, author ofThe Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

The Prizeis a riveting cautionary tale. Despite the best intentions of philanthropists and politicians, big money and big data will not save urban education as long as reform efforts are undemocratic and overlook the realities of poor children's lives. With her deep ties to Newark, only Dale Russakoff could have told this poignant story.The Prizeis essential reading for anyone who cares about how to give hope to America's most vulnerable kids. Dana Goldstein, author ofThe Teacher Wars

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