Gates Foundation Threatens to Pull $40M Grant from Pittsburgh Schools

By Rick Cohen, Nonprofit Quarterly

Money talks. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has plenty of money to promote what it thinks and says is important. A $40 million grant by the Gates Foundation to the Pittsburgh Public Schools is in jeopardy because the foundation is upset with the lack of an agreement between the school district and the teachers’ union over a core element of the grant.

The teachers union’s cynical gambit

By Tim Daly and Joe Williams, New York Daily News

Lately, student testing has become everyone’s favorite political punching bag. Just this week, New York State United Teachers, the state’s powerful teachers union, issued a statement decrying the proliferation of new tests and insisting on a moratorium for their use in teacher evaluations.