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Gates Gets in the Race

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Bill Gates is leading the philanthropic educational crusade again—and this time it's about political awareness. Bloomberg.com reports that the Gates' foundation is donating $30 million to the bipartisan group Strong American Schools and their “Ed in 08” campaign, whose purpose is to make education a “top priority” in the presidential election.

According to Bloomberg.com, a Dec. 11 ABC News/Washington Post poll, in fact, reflects that only one percent of voters chose education as their overriding concern for the presidential campaign. “Ed in ‘08” is hoping the Gates’ financial support will change that. “The Gates name, the Gates brand, his commitment to philanthropy opens up lots of doors and avenues, based on their enormous amount of effort they put into improving schools,” said Strong American Schools Executive Director Marc Lampkin. A multimillion-dollar ad campaign targeting swing states and voting blocs including married women and Hispanics is planned for March, said "Ed in '08" Communications Director Chad Kolton.

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This is wonderful!!! We need to have people who think of education as a basic need encouraging the rest of our country to think about education's possibilities. If the Gates' want to know how to get reading improved, all they need to do is take the old Lippincott basal reading series out, dust it off, ship it to every school system in the U.S., and send in consultants to teach the teachers how to use it. In less than 5 years, dyslexia will be virtually eradicated.

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