Published: Sep 27, 2010 3:34 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 27, 2010 12:34 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Now that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has pledged $100 million to help boost Newark, N.J.'s low-performing public school system, it's time for officials to start figuring out how to use the funds.

One educator says Newark should boost pay for standout teachers and consider hiring back some of the educators laid off because of budget restraints.

Another suggests setting up virtual learning programs that let students chat with top teachers.

Newark isn't the first city school system left with the decision on how to spend a sizable gift.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates awarded tens of millions of dollars in school grants to the Tampa, Fla., area and Memphis, Tenn.

Gates' foundation has also given $150 million over the past eight years to New York City schools, where graduation rates have increased.