INFOGRAPHIC: Bill Gates’s 15 Years of Experimenting on Public Education – The Network For Public Education. The Gates and Buffet Foundation Shell Game. My background is finance and accounting.
As a socially conscious venture capitalist and philanthropist, I have a very good understanding of wealth management and philanthropy. I started my career in 1967 with the IRS as a specialist in taxation covering many areas of the tax law including the so-called legal loopholes to charitable giving. I have known for years that a smart wealthy person could keep control of all his assets without estate or income taxes through cleverly structured charitable foundations. These foundations are perfectly legal and allow the donors to keep absolute control of all their money and power and accumulate enormous appreciation free of taxation. Gates Foundation Critique - Techrights. From Techrights The Gates Foundation was described as a shell for tax avoidance by philanthropist and accounting expert, Sheldon Drobny.
Techrights has collected evidence that shows the same and will organize it here. Through the foundation, Bill, Melinda and Microsoft maintain pharmaceutical patent investments, tobacco investments, investments in alcoholic beverages, petroleum investments, investments in experimental and controversial crops, and even investments in news/media. Gates need not even pay tax, though he keeps control of the assets and uses that control to influence private and public policy. Bill Gates' Big Play: How Much Can Money Buy in Education? - Living in Dialogue. A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending.
This is a post about Bill Gates and his money, a brief audit of his Common Core (CCSS) purchases.
Before I delve into Gates accounting, allow me to set the stage with a bit of CCSS background. A Bit of CCSS Background It is important to those promoting CCSS that the public believes the idea that CCSS is “state-led.” The CCSS website reports as much and names two organizations as “coordinating” the “state-led” CCSS: The National Governors Association (NGA), and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Mercedes Schneider Explains: Who Paid for the Common Core Standards. Mercedes Schneider has undertaken an immense task.
She decided to spend her free time -- when she is not teaching -- trying to figure out how much the Gates Foundation paid various organizations to write, develop, implement, promote, and advocate for the Common Core standards. This is a herculean job because the foundation has been so free-handed with its money. To its credit, the Gates Foundation has a website that enables researchers to identify their grants over time.
At a certain point, as you go through the list of who got how much money to "promote" the CCSS, you start to wonder "who DIDN'T get Gates money? " This is her first post, where she shows that the Gates Foundation underwrote the organizations writing the Common Core standards: the National Governors Association, Student Achievement Partners (David Coleman), the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve. The fourth post lists 16 universities that received Gates' funding to promote CCSS. Gates Money and Common Core: Part II. On August 27, 2013, I wrote a post about Bill Gates’ financial involvement in advancing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Though CCSS promotes itself as “state led,” in my previous post, I showed that all four major organizations responsible for CCSS from inception for its principal development– the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners– have received in total $147.9 million from Bill Gates for a variety of purposes, $32.8 million of which is expressly earmarked to advance CCSS. One man is purchasing his view of what American education should be. This is not democratic. It is horrific. And it doesn’t stop there. I showed also that other key education organizations have taken millions from Gates in order to promote CCSS, not the least of which are both national teachers’ unions, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) ($5.4 million) and the National Education Association (NEA) ($4 million).
Is This What Bill Gates Means by Good Education? Last week, Bill Gates wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal in which he explained how to solve the world’s biggest problems.
The article was titled, modestly, “My Plan to Fix the World’s Biggest Problems.” The answer is simple: Measurement. Susan Ohanian's Cartoon Collection. Microsoft’s tax avoidance – $4.6 billion, worldwide. Microsoft 'used offshore units to avoid paying $4.5bn in taxes', Senate claims. Microsoft Tax Scam Costs our State $1 Billion per year!
Microsoft’s profit margins are among the biggest in the history of our planet.
Whereas most businesses are lucky to achieve a margin of 5% to 10%, Microsoft has a profit margin of more than 30%. One third of every sale is pure profit. For fiscal 2010 (which ended on June 30, 2010 for Microsoft), Microsoft made $19 Billion in profit on $62 Billion in sales. Sales and profits have continued at a record pace for the first two quarters of fiscal 2011. Microsoft has already made over $12 billion in profits in the first 6 months. Documenting Microsoft’s Billion Dollar per year State Tax Scam. Who Cut Arts Education in Los Angeles? A reader writes: Shakedown Artists A number of billboards have gone up recently in LAUSD board member and candidate for re-election, Monica Garcis’s district two months before school board elections.
An Open Letter to Bill Gates: Why Not Measure This? - Living in Dialogue. Yesterday I posted an essay that pointed out that Bill Gates apparently uses a different set of outcomes in choosing a school for his own children than the measurable ones his foundation advocates for the children of the less fortunate.
I shared the thoughts of mathematician Cathy O'Neil, who points out ...the person who defines the model defines success, and by obscuring this power behind a data collection process and incrementally improved model results, it seems somehow sanitized and objective when it's not. Don't be fooled by the mathematical imprimatur: behind every model and every data set is a political process that chose that data and built that model and defined success for that model. As I pointed out yesterday, there are many outcomes that we value that are difficult to measure, leading to the first order of bias here, towards outcomes that are easily quantified. Bill Gates wrote in his letter : The report tells us: CA State Whistleblower’s Lawsuit Exposes Web of Corruption and Deceit At The Commission Of Teacher Credentialing.
Bill Gates Imposes Microsoft Model on School Reform: Only to Have the Company Junk It After It Failed. New school systems are stuck with a model designed to trash teachers, while Microsoft employees collaborate and work on teams.
November 26, 2013 | Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, Bill Gates declared in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools. “At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best chance to succeed, and then we insisted on success. We measured excellence, rewarded those who achieved it and were candid with those who did not.” Adopting the Microsoft model means public schools grading teachers, rewarding the best and being “candid”—that is, firing those who are deemed ineffective.
The Microsoft model, called “stacked ranking,” forced every work unit to declare a certain percentage of employees as top performers, then good performers, then average, then below average, then poor. The Gates Foundation and its “Strong Arm” Tactics. Following up on VAMboozled!’ S most recent post, about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $45 million worth of bogus Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) studies that were recently honored with a 2013 Bunkum (i.e., meaningless, irrelevant, junk) Award by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), it seems that the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation are, once-again, “strong-arming states [and in this case a large city district] into adoption of policies tying teacher evaluation to measures of students’ growth.”
FreezePage. Shell game. The shell game (also known as Thimblerig, Three shells and a pea, the old army game) is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud. In confidence trick slang, this swindle is referred to as a short-con because it is quick and easy to pull off. Play WEF Davos - Pauline van der Meer Mohr - Pauline van der Meer Mohr. Honoured to receive a last minute invitation to join Bill Gates for his Davos CEO breakfast tomorrow morning.
The session is hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Government and the GAVI alliance and will focus on health improvement in the developing world. Given that Bill Gates spent an afternoon in The Hague yesterday, it may not be the most efficient or cost-effective way to spend a few minutes with the great man himself, but I truly appreciate the invitation. Gates is spending much of his time pursuading businesses and government to invest in global health improvement. His personal effort to convince Dutch politics of the need to invest 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid are typical for the way he exercises his influence globally. How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution. Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is taking heat from education groups, which say the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic support comes with strings attached.
Here, he responds to his critics in an interview with The Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton. Lyndsey Layton E-mail the writer The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America. By early 2008, many of the nation’s top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support. The Inside Story of How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core Standards. In a remarkable job of reporting, Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post describes the creation of the Common Core standards. Two men–Gene Wilhoit and David Coleman–went to see Bill Gates in 2008 to ask him to underwrite national standards.
He agreed, and within two years, the standards were written and adopted by almost every state in the nation. This is the closest thing to an educational coup in the history of the United States. Our education system is made up of about 14,000 local school districts; most education policy is set at the state level. Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Coup.
The story about Bill Gates’ swift and silent takeover of American education is startling. From Common Core, to Vergara, to VAM, Gates Foundation Fingerprints Everywhere - anthony cody. UT Nieuws: €5,5 miljoen voor landbouwhervorming door ITC. Bill Gates doneert miljoenen aan Universiteit Twente. De Universiteit Twente heeft 7,5 miljoen dollar (5,5 miljoen euro) in de wacht gesleept van de Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates geeft UT Twente 5,5 miljoen voor onderzoek in Afrika. Amerikaans bedrijf brengt miljoenen naar Enschede.