CBS 2 Exclusive: Booker Defends Use Of Money Given To Newark Schools By Facebook CEO

CBS New York

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Sen. and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been receiving a lot of criticism on how a $100 million donation to the Newark Public Schools, by Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, is being spent.

On Friday, Booker spoke out on the issue for the first time, to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Zuckerberg agreed to donate the money in September 2010 to help the district, plagued by low graduation rates.

He announced the donation at a news conference while flanked by Gov. Chris Christie and then-Mayor Booker.

Booker responded Friday to critics who have complained about how the money was spent.

« Here’s a city that got a tremendous amount of resources that but for those efforts, we wouldn’t be a lot of those things happening in our schools, » Booker said.

The money went directly to the Foundation for Newark’s Future, which was put in charge…

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