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February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
October 19, 2017
Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools
In a speech Thursday, Bill Gates said the foundation is about to launch a new, locally driven effort to help existing public schools improve.
June 13, 2014
What We’re Reading: California court decision to end teacher tenure kicks off a firestorm
We're kicking off a new feature here (and an old favorite at Chalkbeat New York) with a roundup of the most interesting commentary and insight on education we read this week. Read on and tell us what you think (or what we should include next week) at email@example.com.
October 28, 2013
Pro-66 campaign surpasses $10 million in contributions
Bill and Melinda Gates, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a charity founded by Steve Jobs’ widow are among major new donors to the campaign that’s pushing to pass Amendment 66.
June 17, 2009
Klein: Small high schools still succeeding, and more are coming
The high school report released today shows that the Gates Foundation's support for small schools was worthwhile, according to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. His statement contrasts with the foundation's own evaluation of its small schools spending, which it said last year had not produced the academic gains it had hoped. Bill Gates himself said in November that while New York City's small schools have done better than others his foundation started, the schools still do not adequately prepare students for college. Delivering introductory remarks before a panel discussion about small schools this morning, Klein said the Center for New York City Affairs report "confirms the work of the Gates Foundation," which provided much of the funding that allowed the city to open small schools. Today's report "carefully documents" that the schools have gotten better results than the large schools they replaced, Klein said — and with the same type of students, contrary to the charges by critics who say the small schools' students start off better prepared. (In the schools' early years, they enrolled students who were slightly less at-risk, but they now admit their fair share of overage students, students with disabilities, and students who are learning English, the report concludes.) Despite his generally favorable review, Klein disputed some of the report's findings, especially around graduation rates.
January 27, 2009
Bill Gates on the difficulty of measuring what works in education
The importance of raising teacher quality and a ramped-up declaration of support for charter schools are the education points getting attention from Bill…
January 8, 2009
Educator: Schools don't need to be reformed at all
John Goodlad In the fourth essay in “Those who Dared,” John Goodlad writes about his career, which included stints teaching in a one-room schoolhouse…
December 8, 2008
Two heavyweights go public: Randi for Arne, Gates for Klein
From today’s AP story: “Arne Duncan actually reaches out and tries to do things in a collaborative way,” said Randi Weingarten, head of the…
November 12, 2008
Gates announcement A-list, continued: So many power players!
SEATTLE — Here's an update to the who's-who list I started yesterday, name-checking the notable people here in Seattle for the Gates Foundation's announcement. It really is remarkable to have so many players in one place. I guess the prospect of dinner at the Gates family estate, which was offered to all guests Monday night (plus a romp on the family trampoline, says Eduwonk) was hard to pass up. Or is it that Bill Gates is more powerful than even the U.S. Education Secretary (see Skoolboy at Eduwonkette: "Bill Gates, U.S. Superintendent of Schools")? Below the jump, and in no particular order, the list. I've added links this time so you can read more about these people. Warning: One link will direct you to a MySpace page with loud gospel music. This will not be an error. UPDATE: Jim Hunt, the former North Carolina governor and a mentioned name for Education Secretary, was physically in Seattle; he did not teleconference.
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