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September 23, 2020

Bill Gates Is Still Dabbling in Common Core

Billionaire Bill Gates doesn’t use the term “common core” much anymore, but he still dabbles. In 2008, he agreed to bankroll the effort. Over the next several years, in his effort to “release powerful market forces” because “scale is good for free market competition,” Gates spent roughly $200M to cement Common Core as a fixture […]

October 4, 2016

Gates Foundation Money Connects Common Core and ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes the following prohibition regarding the federal government’s luring states into adopting specific standards, assessments, or content, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): ‘‘SEC. 8526A. PROHIBITION AGAINST FEDERAL MANDATES, DIRECTION, OR CONTROL. ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—No officer or employee of the Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative […]

June 26, 2016

Bill Gates Just Pumped $6.4M into California for Common Core

It seemed that Bill Gates’ Common Core push had cooled. As of June 01, 2016, I had seen no grants specific to Common Core listed on Gates’ “awarded grants” website. However, as of June 26, 2016, it seems that the first two Common Core grants for 2016 have indeed appeared on Gates’ site. The combined […]

May 4, 2016

Bill Gates Has Not Yet Issued Any Common Core Grants in 2016

I think billionaire Bill Gates’ love affair with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is officially cooling. It is already May, and his foundation has not yet issued a single 2016 grant specific to CCSS. If one searches the keywords, “common core” on Gates’ grant database search engine,  one discovers that 245 grants include the term. […]

February 3, 2016

Gates Gives Common Core Owner, CCSSO, $15.4 Million Just to Keep ‘Em in Business

  Bill Gates The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)  is one of two owners of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In fact, former CCSSO CEO Gene Wilhoit approached Gates in the summer of 2008 to ask Gates to fund CCSS. Despite the reality that CCSS has not taken American education by the standardizing […]

June 22, 2015

Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending– An Update

Between August 27, 2013, and October 05, 2013, I wrote a six-part series on Bill Gates’ funding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I noted in my October 05, 2013, post, that the total CCSS funding as reported on the Gates Foundation’s “awarded grants” search engine was $173.5 million. (I now know I missed a few between the time […]

November 12, 2014

Gates Is at It Again: The Common Core-centered “Collaborative for Student Success”

Billionaire Bill Gates really wants the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for “mass” education. In 2008, two well-positioned individuals asked Gates to pay for “state led” CCSS supposedly “launched in 2009 by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia”. One was edupreneur David Coleman, […]

September 1, 2014

Gates Grant to “Further Hardwire the Common Core Curriculum” ??

One way to ensure permanence in the field of electronics is to “hardwire”– which means to “permanently connect.” In electronics, “hardwiring” refers to circuitry. For billionaire public education purchaser Bill Gates, circuitry and mass education, it’s all the same. Bill Gates has already likened the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to circuitry, with the moronic […]

April 27, 2014

Video: Bill Gates “Explains” Common Core

In the following six-minute video at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in March 2014, Bill Gates demonstrates his privileged view of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Gates has contributed over $4.3 million to AEI, with over $1 million in 2012 for “exploring the challenges of Common Core,” among other issues, so it is only fitting that AEI […]

March 16, 2014

Gates and Duncan and Their Common Core “Freedom” Charade

In his purchased keynote at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) (I know, huh?), billionaire-with-zero-teaching-experience Bill Gates insisted that the feds are getting the bum rap when it comes to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As Huffington Post’s Joy Resmovits notes, Gates went on to address critiques that the Common Core represents a national […]