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Tag: Bill Gates


Master’s bump: $330 million a year for nothing

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

The Legislature is facing the greatest revenue crisis in generations. Somebody in Olympia ought to be talking about $330 million that gets spent every year for no apparent purpose and with no apparent results.

That, according to a Seattle-based think tank, is how much the state spends on the “master’s bump” – the roughly $11,000 a year extra it pays more than half of Washington’s teachers because they’ve earned master’s degrees.

Last week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Bill Gates both singled out the master’s bump as an example of waste in public education. We hope they caught somebody’s attention in Olympia.

In theory, the additional degree would translate into better performance in the classroom. But there’s no evidence that it actually does. Multiple national studies have found that the additional pay, on average, buys little improvement in the quality of education.
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Who Bill Gates follows on Twitter

At last count, Bill Gates has more than 830,000 followers on Twitter. He’s following 119 people or groups.

The icon of one person he’s following jumped out at me from his Twitter page: Roy Tenneman. Only he’s not a person; he’s a British sitcom character.

Roy is actually actor Chris O’Dowd (at left in photo), and the show he’s best known for is the hilarious “The IT Crowd,” three seasons of which are available on DVD (I checked them out from the Pierce County Library). Roy, Moss and Jen are the computer nerd squad for a big

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