ACLU Seeks Greater Transparency of Facebook Donation to Newark Public Schools

While many in Newark are happy that Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to the Newark public school system, some are demanding greater transparency to see how the donation is being spent. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey is representing the Secondary Parent Council, a group of parents and grandparents concerned about Newark’s public schools, in a lawsuit filed to try to get information about how the Zuckerberg donation is being spent.

ACLU of New Jersey Executive Director Deborah Jacobs sat down with NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider to discuss the case. Last week a judge ruled the city of Newark had to release a list of documents the city claimed were privileged. Jacobs said the information should be made public so those in the community can have input.


Jacobs said although the process has been slow, the group is moving forward. “I’d like to think the city would stop wasting taxpayers’ dollars and let the information out,” Jacobs said.