The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has helped plant the seed of national education standards and merit-based pay for teachers with nearly $650 million in grants over the past three years. School districts, teachers unions, research organizations and other factions of education have all benefitted from the foundation’s hefty asset base during a fiscal era where reform can be cost-prohibitive.
Washington Post reporter Nick Anderson examines the Gates’ recent work on education. The foundation’s view on the future of education aligns closely with that of President Barack Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan. But some wonder whether any private entity should have as much influence on education as Gates does.
Read “Gates Foundation Playing Pivotal Role in Changes for Education System.” Anderson also includes a list of Gates grantees and a breakdown of Gates education spending.