Gates' New Approach Gets Good Reviews
In unveiling its new strategy for education grantmaking here this week, leaders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation assured those in attendance that they wanted honest feedback on their new direction.
Judging from the outpouring of reactions from the roughly 130 people gathered for the Nov. 11 announcement—including the superintendents of several big-city districts, leaders of key nonprofit groups the foundation has backed, teachers’ union leaders, and others—the foundation is likely to receive no shortage of opinions.
After committing some $2 billion this decade to the cause of improving the nation’s high schools, the foundation intends to refocus its grantmaking efforts in that realm on three pillars: identifying and promoting higher standards for college readiness, improving teacher quality, and fostering innovations...
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