Now that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to those schools, Mayor Cory Booker and other city officials are faced with making the best use of the money.
Booker spoke with "Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez about his city's sudden good fortune - and continuing challenges.
"The low acheivement of our young people is really the biggest national security threat in America," Booker said. " … No city has created a school system that really serves the genius of all (its) children. In Newark, we want to be the first."
To see the entire interview, click on the video below: