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Gates speaking at Clinton Global Initiative Sept 27, 2015 photo cred


Love him or hate him, is there anyone or anything that Gates’ global reach hasn’t touched?  Gates’ money seemingly buys influence and seemingly opens doors everywhere.  In the last year alone Gates has courted both sides of the aisle, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2015, (donating 47 different grants to Clinton initiatives in recent years)  and as Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss reports, Gates tried (unsuccessfully?) to persuade the Koch brothers, to side with him on Common Core in December 2015.   Apparently, investing Billions of dollars buys a lot of clout in the policy making world. In fact,  Gates believes that it is the role of the philanthropist foundations to give money to government and then direct them how to spend it.  

So Big Money directs government policy, everyone’s got a price?  

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Speaking of  money and directing policy…  Gates just recently awarded  $8.9 Million for Personalized Learning tools to one non-profit organization, but Gates has awarded PAGES of money for personalized instruction over the years.  Remember, this Common Core  “education stuff”  isn’t just about standards.  Online personalized learning  is Key to ed reform and involves lot and lots of #DATA.
****Also remember that Gates’ money helped develop SLDS, Data tags and CEDS data standards to share student data across states via the Data Quality Campaign in 2005.     –and–
****Now our Federal Dept of Labor also has a WORKFORCE DATA QUALITY INITIATIVE  that plans to use personal student data from each SLDS, starting in Pre-school.     –and–
****The Federal Learning Registry  has arranged for Microsoft, Amazon, Edmodo and others help manage and deliver the data from all the *free* online ed resources and online curriculum.

    All roads seem to lead to Gates MONEY and DATA.

To see likely legislation in your state’s future,  look at how Gates is  investing money, via the Gates Foundation Awarded Grants page.  We have posted a few recent grants awarded below, but please, see for yourself in this searchable data base:


251 awards for Common Core

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$7Mil to Education Pioneers. state partners who are strategic partners with Charterboard whose Board Chair  is…  Tom Vander Ark  

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Colorado Education Initiative grant for human capitol strategies and Common Core  ~$9.57mil
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$8.9Mil promote personalized learning tools
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Education Entertainment Industry   (This EDU-TAINMENT and artificial intelligence will be something we see more of in the near future.)
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AIR Behavioral Playbook $5Mil
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$10Mil special projects University of Washington Foundation  in Seattle
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Stand for Children supporting common core $3.5 Mil
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3.2Mil for teacher prep inspections
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 47 grants associated with Clinton

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Try searching for yourself. Try   “workforce”,  “Chamber of Commerce”,  “Gallup”, competency” , “behavioral”,  “Emotional”,  “collaborative”,  “human capital”,  or search for your state You might be like Kentucky whose Department of Education. KY the first state to adopt Common Core and still not showing positive results, KY just received $6.6 Million to further prop up Common Core.

Follow the Money for yourself here in the searchable data base.


Cheri Kiesecker