Eagleton Institute Hosts Conversation Between Dale Russakoff, Author of Book on Newark’s Attempted Education Reform, and New York Times' Kate Zernike

Eagleton Institute Hosts Conversation Between Dale Russakoff, Author of Book on Newark’s Attempted Education Reform, and New York Times' Kate Zernike

Editor’s Note

ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT, EDUCATION, POLITICAL EDITORS, for more information or to attend, call Randi Chmielewski, Eagleton Institute, at 848-932-8455.

Media Contact
Steve Manas
848-932-0559

WHAT: A conversation about “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” the new book about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million pledge to transform Newark’s downtrodden school system, with author Dale Russakoff and Kate Zernike, national correspondent for The New York Times. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  

WHO: Dale Russakoff, a veteran journalist at The Washington Post, spent 28 years covering politics, education and social policy, among other topics. The Prize (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), her first book, was serialized in The New Yorker. Kate Zernike, like Russakoff a resident of Montclair, N.J., has been with The Times for 15 years and has covered, education, criminal justice, Hurricane Katrina, Congress and national elections.  

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Eagleton Institute of Politics, 191 Ryders Lane, Rutgers’ Douglass Campus, New Brunswick

BACKGROUND: When Mark Zuckerberg announced on Oprah his $100 million pledge to transform Newark’s school system, he was joined on stage by Gov. Chris Christie and Cory Booker, Newark’s mayor at the time. They vowed to help make Newark “a symbol of educational excellence for the whole nation.” But the hopeful trio soon became stymied by Newark’s seasoned education players, fierce protectors of their billion-dollar-a-year system.

Russakoff and Zernike will explore reactions to and ramifications of Zuckerberg’s pledge. They will touch upon such topics as celebrity politics, big philanthropy, economic inequality, the charter school movement and success stories in one the nation’s poorest cities.

Editor’s Note

ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT, EDUCATION, POLITICAL EDITORS, for more information or to attend, call Randi Chmielewski, Eagleton Institute, at 848-932-8455.

Media Contact
Steve Manas
848-932-0559