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People at the U. S. Department of Education Know What the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Tells Them

  • So we know master's degrees have almost no value.

  • We know certifications don't make a difference.

  • We know that after three years, seniority doesn't really matter . . . After year three, teachers usually don't get significantly better or worse.

  • -- Vicki Phillips, Education Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    National PTA, Phillips, June 13, 2010

  • The New Normal, Doing More with Less

    Rethinking policies around seat-time requirements, class size, compensating teachers based on their educational credentials, the use of technology in the classroom, inequitable school financing, the over placement of students in special education. . .

    -- Arne Duncan
    Speech at American Enterprise Institute, Nov. 17, 2010

  • All 12 of the Race to the Top Winners--in fact, most states that applied to Race to the Top--put forward a strong plan for linking teacher preparation programs to the student outcomes of their graduates. And that is just a starting point.

    -- Arne Duncan
    Speech at National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nov. 16, 2010

  • NOTE:

  • It is not unfair to say that the Gates Foundation's agenda has become the country's agenda in education.

    --Mike Petrilli, vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in the Puget Sound Business Journal, May 15, 2009

  • The Gates program and the Arne Duncan program are pretty much the same program.

    --Nancy C. Deteert, chair of the Education Committee in the Florida Senate told the New York Times, Oct. 28, 2009

  • Today, the Gates Foundation and Education Secretary Duncan move in apparent lockstep. . .

    --Daniel Golden, Pulitzer Prize reporter
    Bloomberg Businessweek, July 15, 2010

  • The Gates Foundation's agenda is very much aligned with the Obama Administration agenda. We partner with them on a whole host of things.

    --Peter Cunningham, Arne's spokesman
    Bloomberg Business Week, 7/15/10

    — compiled by Susan Ohanian
    speech at NCTE convention




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