California: Face book CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his doctor wife to start a private school in a hardscrabble Silicon Valley town, mixing education with health care. Zuckerberg voiced pride in his wife, Priscilla, for the plan to create “The Primary School” in the working-class city of East Palo Alto.
Chan works as a pediatrician and has also been a teacher, seeing first-hand how poor health hinders learning in classrooms, her husband said.“Health and education are closely connected,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.
“When children aren’t healthy, they can’t learn as easily” he added. Chan has been working over the past year with the community to combine early-childhood through 12th grade education with support and on-site healthcare for children, according to the blog post.
“By bringing healthcare and education together in one place, the goal is to support families and help children from underserved communities reach their full potential, Improving public education in our country and our community is something Priscilla and I really care about.” said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Zuckerberg.
More than five years ago Zuckerberg channeled $100 million to improve schools in the New Jersey city of Newark in an early foray into improving public education that got failing grades.