Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the helm of the world’s largest software company from founder Bill Gates, will retire within the next 12 months.
With the opening of Washington’s first charter school likely 15 months away, more dollars from Seattle’s tech economy are flowing toward groups that want to change the way the state thinks about public schools.
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is urging Australia to boost foreign aid following the country’s announcement that it was delaying a pledge to increase overseas aid spending.
Washington voters have narrowly approved an initiative that clears the way for up to 40 charter schools to be opened in the state over the next five years.
This has been the year of big names and big money for Washington’s election. A record $157 million has poured into state-level races, including funds from Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Rick Steves and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state’s gay marriage law.
During the current election campaign, for the first time in American history, President Barack Obama and the “left” have made success in America to be negative.
The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington raised nearly $5 million in cash contributions during the past six weeks, including donations from Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
The group promoting an initiative that would bring charter schools to Washington began running its first TV ad in the state on Friday.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Thursday called the new Windows 8 operating system scheduled for release next month “a very exciting new product” and “a very big deal” for the world’s largest software maker.