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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/12/2010

How Gates is spending money on school reform

By Valerie Strauss

In this Post story, my colleague Nick Anderson explains what Bill Gates and his wealthy foundation are attempting to do with public education.

He discusses how much Gates is spending, the relationship between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Obama administration, the impact of all that money, and what skeptics think.

Read it. What do you think?

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By Valerie Strauss  | July 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Tags:  bill & melinda gates foundation, bill gates, gates foundation and public education, gates foundation and schools, nick anderson  
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Gates is only giving money away for the sake of his wife and family. There is only one good thing about this man: he loves his family.

But he is still the same dishonest stakeholder that he was in the computer field. He is still the same guy who has to always have his way and is willing to do anything to get it.

He is still the same scam artist who sold a crappy operating system to the world. That hasn't changed.

Posted by: jlp19 | July 12, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Bill Gates reminds me of Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie made his money by being a nasty businessman. After he retired he spent the rest of his life giving away his money and essentially wiped his bad deeds off the history books.

Bill Gates may be trying to do the same.

Posted by: aby1 | July 12, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

When Bill Gates was head of Microsoft he allowed American jobs to be shipped to India for cheaper foreign workers. This was after the dot com bust when there were plenty of Americans programmers that needed jobs.

A little later his foundation gave millions for education in India. It made sense to upgrade the education of the nation that supplies your workers.

Many Americans programmers left the field.

Americans totally stopped enrolling in the Computer Sciences, a field that in 2000 Americans dominated.

Bill Gates then complained that Americans were not enrolled in the Computer Sciences.

Apparently Bill Gates believes Americans should spend $100,000 for a career in a field where there are no entry level jobs because of the policies of Bill Gates and other CEO's of shipping all entry level jobs to foreign countries.

Mr. Gates is the type of American CEO who if it involved a profit would cut off the legs of every American and then later complain that there were no Americans with two legs.

Posted by: bsallamack | July 12, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

TAMPA -- Across the country, public education is in the midst of a quiet revolution. States are embracing voluntary national standards for English and math, while schools are paying teachers based on student performance.
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Real nonsense.

The majority of public schools of the nation are schools of the affluent and the middle class and not the disaster Title 1 poverty public schools.

Parents are fully satisfied with these schools.

Public charter schools and performance pay will not work and they are only for the neighborhoods of Title 1 poverty public schools.

The affluent and middle class public schools though are worrying about how to pay teachers when these schools are so heavily dependent upon property taxes in an economy that is causing such large declines in revenues. Many of these schools have already let teachers go.

The Title 1 poverty public schools are not effected by the economy since these schools have never been dependent upon property values in poverty neighborhoods.

Time for reporters to differentiate about the majority of public schools in America that are effective and the minority Title 1 poverty public schools that have 56 percent failure rates in 4th grade reading.

Posted by: bsallamack | July 12, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

(Melinda Gates, wife of the Microsoft chairman, and investor Warren E. Buffett, a major donor to the foundation, are both on The Washington Post Co. board of directors.)
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An article in the Washington Post coupled with two educational columnists creating columns that are references to the article.

At a certain point the Washington Post starts to lose all creditability as a major newspaper.

Posted by: bsallamack | July 12, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Gates might as well create his own school instead of funding this garbage bureaucracy they call "public education" and the teacher unions.

Gates will realize that what he's doing will fail, all he is doing is empowering the bureaucracy. The problem with public education is the system itself, it needs less funding from the government, that means no unions and no department of education. That is only the first step. The U.S needs to change it's whole priority towards schooling, and most Americans will one day realize that schools are not really that important.

Posted by: lockdeltz | July 13, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line: Gates wants public schools training students to use Microsoft software. They'll even give the software to schools, if the schools agree to train the kids. Imagine if a kid learned LaTeX and never had to purchase a copy of MS Word for the rest of their lives?

Posted by: scott59 | July 13, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

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