By John Mooney

Remaining funds from Zuckerberg gift will help finance program based on boosting involvement in decision-making at grassroots level

In 2009, Newark and state leaders — including then-Gov. Jon Corzine — stood outside a Central Ward elementary school to launch what they called a game-changing initiative known as “community schools,” which would provide a range of social and other services to neighborhoods outside the classroom.

But that plan – encompassing half-a-dozen Newark schools and dubbed the “Global Village” — fizzled out soon after Gov. Chris Christie took office and brought in Superintendent Cami Anderson with her own reform ideas for the state-run school district.


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