With Common Core Standards Minnesota Reading Scores Slide; Without Common Core Math Scores Best in the US

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  Students attending K-12 public schools in Minnesota are still performing below the proficient level on national standardized reading tests a full seven years after Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were fully implemented in the state. The national average is no longer significantly different than Minnesota in reading. It has…

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Trump’s Hard Line with China Crushes Bill Gates’ Energy Dreams

by Jason Hopkins   The Trump administration’s hardening stance with China is affecting Bill Gates’s ambitions to develop a cheaper, safer nuclear reactor that could prove to be a game changer for the U.S. energy industry. Gates — the founder of Microsoft who has since embarked on a number of…

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Bill Gates Reminds People Solar And Wind Alone Won’t Solve Climate Change

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by Jason Hopkins   Bill Gates, writing in a year-end blog post, shot down the idea that renewable energy alone can sufficiently reduce carbon emissions and address the world’s fight against climate change. “Some people think we have all the tools we need, and that driving down the cost of…

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Bill Gates Backs $30 Million Push for Early Alzheimer’s Diagnostics

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Reuters   Billionaire Bill Gates and Estée Lauder Cos chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder on Tuesday said they will award $30 million over three years to encourage development of new tests for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. For Microsoft co-founder Gates, launch of the Diagnostics Accelerator program follows an announcement in November of a…

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Gates Foundation Pushes Back On Report Saying $215 Million Education Investment Was A Flop

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by Rob Shimshock   Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates’ $215 million investment in education was a colossal failure, according to a report by the RAND Corporation and the American Institutes for Research. But the foundation emphasized Friday some of the initiatives “important outcomes.” The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated the…

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