Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatric resident at UC San Francisco and a former teacher, announced last week in an opinion piece for the Mercury News that they are donating $120 million to Bay Area schools through the Startup:Education fund.
"Helping improve the quality of public education in this country is something we both really care about," Zuckerberg said. "Priscilla has devoted her life to helping children from underserved communities as a pediatrician and as a teacher. I've been engaged with education issues over the past few years, and last year I taught an after-school program on entrepreneurship at a public middle school in the Belle Haven community of Menlo Park."
The first $5 million will go to school districts in San Francisco, Ravenswood and Redwood City and will focus on classroom technology, teacher and principal training, parent outreach, and helping students transition from middle school to high school.