A handful of outspoken teachers helped persuade state lawmakers this spring to eliminate seniority-based layoff policies, reports the New York Times. They testified before the legislature, wrote briefing papers and published an op-ed article in The Indianapolis Star. They described themselves simply as local teachers who favored school reform — one sympathetic state representative, Mary Ann Sullivan, said, “They seemed like genuine, real people versus the teachers’ union lobbyists.” They were, but they were also recruits in a national organization, Teach Plus, financed significantly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For years, Bill Gates focused his education philanthropy on...

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