Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looking to make nice with teachers

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Five years into the second phase of its mission to overhaul America’s public schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is moving to work more closely with teachers, generating interest but also wariness because of past hostilities.

On a cool, February morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., last year, 250 teachers gathered in a hotel ballroom at the biggest conference for teachers the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had likely ever held.

A few principals and superintendents were in the room, too, along with people from advocacy groups, but the vast majority were classroom teachers, mostly from Tampa, Pittsburgh, Memphis and other school districts with big Gates grants.

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