Money will go in part to computer and internet connectivity (which the students hopefully won’t use to hang out on Facebook all day)
Mark Zuckerberg apparently likes the idea of helping out troubled schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Facebook founder and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $120 million to Bay Area schools, Reuters reports.
While a sizable sum of money, the couple characterized the donation as “a drop in the bucket.”
“The investments we’ve made are a drop in the bucket compared to the challenges schools face. But we’ve seen that targeted investments can be catalysts for much bigger changes in communities, and give vital support to leaders and organizations,” the couple said. “Helping improve the quality of public education in this country is something we both really care about.”
Zuckerberg previously donated $100 million to public schools in Newark, N.J.
The latest donation will be used to provide computers and internet connectivity to schools in need, as well as for providing teacher training.
The Ravenswood school district, which last year had fewer than 40 percent of students who were proficient in English, will be among the first districts to benefit from the donation.