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Bill Gates Sr. Calls for Competition in Public K-12

Complete video at: Bill Gates, Sr. calls for more competition in the U.S. public school system. Gates says, "We have very low expectations of our public education system...if we set our expectations higher, we would perform at a higher level." ----- "To me, global poverty is a humanitarian issue. People are dying, and we can save them - and that ought to be enough." These words from the senior Bill Gates illustrate his commitment to "showing up" for his life and improving the lives of impoverished populations all over the world. - Commonwealth Club of California William H. Gates, Sr. guides the vision and strategic direction of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and serves as an advocate for the foundations key issues. He first answered his son's request for help in using his resources to improve reproductive and child health in the developing world by directing the William H. Gates Foundation, which was established in 1994. It merged with the Gates Learning Foundation to create the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Gates earned his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Washington, following three years of U.S. Army service in World War II. A founding partner at Preston Gates & Ellis, Gates has served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. Gates and his late wife, Mary Maxwell Gates, raised three children: Kristianne, Bill, and Libby. Now married to Mimi Gardner Gates, Gates continues his lifelong commitment to many civic programs, cultural organizations, and business initiatives.
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