According to the Associated Press, two of the world's largest charitable foundations--The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation--have announced major grants intended to improve education in developing nations. Gates and his foundation will provide $40 million to the Hewlett Foundation, which in turn will add another $20 million to the cause. The majority of the money reportedly will go toward developing pilot programs that foreign governments can observe and, where possible, implement on a larger scale....

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