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Melinda and Bill Gates. (Elaine Thompson/AP). What are Melinda and Bill Gates talking about? In recent public statements, one or both of them have said things about their powerful role in education philanthropy that strains credulity. Through their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the two have poured far more money into education projects than any other individuals in the world, at least $2 billion over the past few decades. They have used their fortune to leverage public money to support pet projects and worked with the Obama administration to implement standardized-test-based policies. Yet, in a new interview in the New York Times, Melinda Gates said she and her husband do not — repeat... Full story

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