America needs a Center for State Education Data to collect student information and identify what works and what doesn't in our schools, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on March 7.

The world's richest man also reiterated his call for an overhaul of the nation's schools and asked lawmakers to revamp immigration laws to keep jobs from going overseas and to maintain American competitiveness in the new global economy.

"The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation," Gates told the Senate committee


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