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Not content with shaping education directly through schools, the biggest player in the school-reform movement has an eye on moving education policy.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent around $200 million a year on grants to elementary and secondary education. Now, the foundation is taking unprecedented steps to spend millions to influence the way the federal government distributes nearly $5 billion in "Race to the Top" grants to overhaul public schools.


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