In State of City, Newark Mayor Says Schools Top Priority

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 PM EDT
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In State of City, Newark Mayor Says Schools Top Priority

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On July 21 Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced severe budget cuts, including no more toilet paper for government employees!

The mayor of New Jersey's largest city says overhauling the troubled school system is his main priority.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker made the point as he delivered his annual State of the City speech Tuesday evening.

Booker said he will make public all details of philanthropic dollars invested in the schools, including names of donors, grant recipients and other information.

The school reform program is largely being fueled by a $100 million grant from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Booker says he will propose a longer school day and more control for school principals as a way to improve student performance.

Booker also planned to discuss public safety in the wake of recent police layoffs, economic development, and the city budget in the face of a $30 million deficit.

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