ACLU Sues Newark Over Zuckerberg Donation

Suit seeks transparency over $100M gift to school system
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 3:37 AM CDT
ACLU Sues Newark Over Zuckerberg Donation
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, laughs as Mark Zuckerberg, talks about his donation of $100 million to help Newark public schools during a press conference last year.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Newark on behalf of a parents group that wants to know exactly what the city plans to do with Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to its school system. The ACLU is demanding that the city release all correspondence between the Facebook founder, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and other city employees relating to the donation made last September, AP reports.

"As parents, as taxpayers and as citizens, we have a need and right to know how the money pledged to Newark's public schools will ultimately serve Newark's public school students," says the grandmother who filed the initial request for documents. The mayor's office says that there is no correspondence between Booker and Zuckerberg to turn over, and that all the investments llinked to the Zuckerberg fund have been made public. "There is no secret here," a spokeswoman for the mayor explains. (Read more Cory Booker stories.)

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