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Bill Gates Wants to Boost Education Through Data, ‘Big-Bet’ Innovations and Charters, He Tells Nation’s Big-city School Leaders

Microsoft founder Bill Gates told leaders of the nation’s big-city school districts today that he is looking for creative use of data, charter schools and a few “big-bet” innovations to make the biggest difference in improving education in the next few years.

Gates, who has spent millions of dollars on education causes over the last decade through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, gave a lunchtime talk at the Council of the Great City Schools national conference here in Cleveland moments ago.

The 40-minute talk was very policy-focused and aimed at his specialized audience, with a few broader comments.