Letter: Schools need support from bottom up

To the editor:

This information is from an August issue of Time magazine.

In September 2010, Mark Zuckerman, Chris Christie and Cory Brooker announced they were giving $100 million to Newark, New Jersey, schools to turn Newark education around and be an example for all the nation.

Five years later, most of the money is gone and the students’ achievement has gone down on the state’s standardized test.

It failed to address real needs of students struggling daily with poverty and violence. Parents and teachers would have made this central if they had been included in the plans.

Perhaps the next wave of education philanthropy will focus on how to support schools from the bottom up — as well as the top down.

Joy Wall Stukey

 former teacher