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Co-chair Melinda Gates outlines new goals and community-college focus.

MELINDA FRENCH GATES opened last November's Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Forum on Education with a challenge to educators to restore education as a means to economic mobility in this country—noting that the U.S. had slipped from first to tenth in the world in students' completing higher education programs, even though "more young people enrolled in college in the U.S. this year than ever before," she said. The problem is this: "The payoff doesn't come with enrolling in college; the payoff comes when a student gets a postsecondary degree that helps get a job with a family wage—and that's not happening nearly enough," Gates said. She ended her remarks by looking ahead to new priorities in the foundation's work on education reform: … Back to Article

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