Two of the nation's most prominent education philanthropists are bankrolling a $60 million initiative aimed at making education an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Philanthropists Bill Gates and Eli Broad are hoping their "Strong American Schools" project will goad the presidential candidates into taking bold stands on education--even if it means angering their own constituencies.

"We feel strongly that we had to wage a campaign to do two things: arouse the American people ... and get them to see the need for reform in public education," Broad said in an interview April 24.

The campaign, he


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