“The Prize” author Dale Russakoff to discuss Newark education reform at public library panel

The Newark Public Library will be hosting a panel discussion and book signing to commemorate the publication of The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools, by journalist Dale Russakoff, on September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Prize details the fate of the $100 million pledge made to Newark schools by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2010. The New York Times called the book “brilliantly reported” and a “sobering yet exhilarating tale” that may be “one of the most important books on education to come along in years.”

The book’s author, a former Washington Post reporter who is also a member of the Newark Historical Society, will be a part of the panel discussion.

Other panelists include Shané Harris, Vice-President of the Prudential Foundation; Mary Bennett, former Newark Public Schools teacher and leadership coach;  and Ryan Hill, executive director of KIPP NJ Charter Schools. The panel will be moderated by Richard Roper, president of the public policy consulting firm The Roper Group.

Free books will be given out to the first one hundred event attendees, courtesy of the Victoria Foundation. The Prize will also be available for purchase and signing.

The free public event will take place in Centennial Hall in the library. RSVP by calling the library at 973-733-7793. The Newark Public Library is located at 5 Washington Street in Newark.

Featured images courtesy of the Newark Public Library

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