Billionaire Bill Gates cotninues to funnel millions into a group calling itself "Teach Plus," and according to today's New York Times, Gates' foundation plans during the next five or six years to pour $3.5 billion into an organization that wants to ovehaul large schools and open new smaller ones.
According to the NYT report, the foundation has "financed educators to pose alternatives to union orthodoxies on issues like the seniority system and the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers."
The Gates Foundation's 2009 tax return totals more than 200 pages and includes 360 education grants. While the foundation has given money to both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, it also spent $2 million on a "social action" campaign focused on the film Waiting for Superman, highly critical of the AFT and its president, Randi Weingarten. Other contributions include more than $600,000 to create a national database of teachers' union contracts and nearly $240,000 to "improve news media coverage of education."