Valerie Straus reports that Bill Gates continues to pour millions of dollars into organizations that might persuade people to like the Common Core. Usually when a product or service gets good word of mouth, it takes off. Unfortunately for Gates, who has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in establishing national standards, a national curriculum, and national testing, the public is not buying.


This past year, Gates expended another $42 million trying to buy friends for his standards. You might be surprised by some of the recipients.


Here are a few:


Editorial Projects in Education, which sponsors Education Week: $100,000


National Writing Project: $1.6 million


National Congress of Parents and Teachers: $1 million


The Boston Foundation: $150,000


There are many more. Someone should tell Bill, “Money can’t buy you love.”