Dale Russakoff spent 28 years as a reporter for the Washington Post covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. She is the author of The Prize, which was serialized in The New Yorker before being published as a book. The Prize documents the educational and political challenges resulting from Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation to reform Newark, New Jersey’s public schools by way of Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie.
Russakoff raises important issues regarding the complexities of educational policy, the roles of philanthropy and political agendas in public education, and the challenges faced by public schools today. She gained behind-the-scenes access to the attempts at reform in 2010 and will discuss not only the challenges faced with this project but also the stories of the remarkable teachers and students working in the schools the power brokers were targeting.