The U.S. must improve its educational standing in the world by rewarding effective teaching and by developing better, universal measures of performance for students and teachers, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual legislative summit, Gates told hundreds of lawmakers how federal stimulus money should be used to spark educational innovation, spread best practices and improve accountability. Gates, one of the world's richest men, has been a longtime critic of American public schools and has used philanthropy to advocate for a better educational system. U.S. schools lag their...

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