Zuckerberg pledges $120 million for Bay Area schools

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have recently announced that they pledge to donate $120 million for poor school districts in the San Francisco and San Jose areas.zuckerberg_2432876b

The Zuckerbergs announced their gift on Thursday evening, which follows on the heels of $100 million donation from Zuckerberg in 2010 to Newark’s struggling public schools through the foundation called Startup: Education.

“In Newark, a lot of the work we started is still under way, but we’ve already seen some good results. Newark now has the leading teacher contract in the country that was developed with teachers to reward good performance,” Zuckerberg and Chan wrote in Thursday’s column.

Zuckerberg has reportedly made education his second passion project behind his first dream of bringing free internet connectivity to the entire world. He has also been teaching a middle school class on entrepreneurship.