Just Desserts: Silly Facebook Billionaire Ripped Off by Teachers Unions, Democrats, & Consultants

Oh, he thought that just because he had billions of dollars, all he had to do was flit into a New Jersey school system, spread some of his cash around, and voila kids would get a “good” education. But reality was a different thing as when Mark Zuckerberg tried it, he found that the greedy teachers union stole all the cash and his millions didn’t help the kids at all.

Yes, Facebook Billionaire Mark Suckerberg–er, I mean Zuckerberg–was mugged by reality and found out exactly why Johnny can’t read. Because our system of mis-education is held prisoner to the anti-education, greedy, uncaring, left-wing teachers unions who don’t give a flying fig about the kids. It’s all about them stealing as much cash out of the system for their bloated pensions and high-salaried union bosses as humanely possible quite despite whether it hurts the kids or not.

In 2010 super rich Suckerberg gave $100 million big ones to help turn around Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools. He made a big show of the whole thing, too, even making his announcement on the Oprah show.

But three years after the school had fully received the money and spent it all, Suckerberg discovered that the teachers union spent almost all of it on themselves. Meanwhile the children are still at the same statistics that they were before Suckerberg wasted his $100 million.

Suckerberg made this deal with Democrat Newark Mayor Cory Booker who is widely considered a Democrat star and one of those publicity hogs that people say is “the next Barack Obama.”

“We know what works” Booker told Suckerberg. And the good mayor insisted that Suckerberg’s cash would be a “transformational change.”

It wasn’t only the unions who stole the money away from the kids. The Democrat politicians and their greedy consultant pals also dipped their hands into the till.

This Facebook Sucker also found out that millions ended up going to Democrat consultants who were brought in to help “fix” the schools. As The New Yorker reported on May 19:

During the next two years, more than twenty million dollars of Zuckerberg’s gift and matching donations went to consulting firms with various specialties: public relations, human resources, communications, data analysis, teacher evaluation. Many of the consultants had worked for Joel Klein, Teach for America, and other programs in the tight-knit reform movement, and a number of them had contracts with several school systems financed by Race to the Top grants and venture philanthropy. The going rate for individual consultants in Newark was a thousand dollars a day. Vivian Cox Fraser, the president of the Urban League of Essex County, observed, “Everybody’s getting paid, but Raheem still can’t read.”

Suckerberg’s money all went down the drain, not one penny going to benefit a single kid. Perhaps this will teach him a lesson about how corrupt and evil unions and Democrats really are. But he probably won’t learn a single thing here, sad to say.

This whole, hilarious–but infuriating and sad–state of affairs proves yet again that our system of mis-education is not configured in any way to educate children. It is a slush fund for Democrats and unions and is ruinously corrupted by the same.

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  • GarandFan

    Sounds just like Ayers and Obama in Chicago. Spent $1 million. Accomplished nothing…except spreading the cash to fellow liberals. IIRC, it was the Grace Foundation that supplied the cash. After a year they actually did an audit to find the results. THE AUDIT IS BURIED UNDER LOCK AND KEY.

    • jim_m

      It was the Annenberg Foundation that paid for obama to spread their cash to communists.

  • Commander_Chico

    Keep up with the news, Warner. Booker is now a U.S. Senator.

    • warnertoddhuston

      Um, we are talking about 2010 when he was the Mayor. That is when he made the deal with the big Facebook Sucker. 2010. Not 2013, not 2014. 2010.

      • cstmbuild

        Ouch. That is the best Chico could come up with? Must be REALLY bad if Chico can only nit-pick (and be wrong) about a tiny, insignificant part of the story.

      • Commander_Chico

        Suckerberg made this deal with Democrat Newark Mayor Cory Booker who is widely considered a Democrat star and one of those publicity hogs that people say is “the next Barack Obama.”

        Present tense.

        • jim_m

          It was talking about a deal made in 2010. Present tense in that context was 2010. Your point?

  • Bill_M

    Color me surprised…

  • Par4Course

    It’s not funny – too many urban students are stuck in public schools that often can barely provide them a safe environment during the day, let alone learn anything. Yet Democrat politicians continue to lock arms with teachers unions to stop school choice, vouchers, charter schools and other programs that might provide an alternative to the present non-functional government education monopoly.