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Bill Gates Calls On Teachers To Defend Common Core

Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder who is spending part of his considerable fortune trying to improve U.S. public education, called on teachers Friday to help parents understand the new Common Core academic standards in an effort to beat back “false claims” lobbed by critics of the standards.

“There are many voices in this debate but none are more important or trusted than yours,” Gates told several thousand educators gathered in the District for the inaugural conference of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a nonprofit organization that runs a voluntary system to certify teachers. The Gates Foundation was a sponsor of the conference; it has awarded about $5 million to the national board since 2010.