A portion of a grant funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been awarded to 25 Newark teachers.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that more than $200,000 of the $100 million gift will go to funding innovative teaching methods.

The teachers whose plans were chosen were among more than 100 teams that submitted proposals to the nonprofit Foundation for Newark's Future, which is administering the Zuckerberg money and raising funds to match it.

The `teacher innovation' grants are up to $10,000 each. They're being awarded to teachers from traditional, charter and special education schools in Newark.

The money allows teachers to start programs ranging from boosting literacy to using iPads for special education.

The application process for up to $400,000 in additional grants will be open this fall.

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