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BILL GATES SEES FURTHER INVESTMENT IN TENNESSEE - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

After surprising Hamilton County Schools students on the last day of the school year, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates shared his thoughts on The Howard School, Chattanooga 2.0 and the direction of education in the state. In an interview with the Times Free Press in Nashville, Gates said it was inspiring to hear from a small panel of students at Howard on Thursday where students, many of them headed to a higher education institution next, were "frank" about the challenges they face and the successes they have had. Gates said students discussed how colleges with high graduation rates that would provide them scholarships or take low-income kids aren't in the community, so they are having to travel far from their families to continue their schooling. "For some kids, that's a great thing, but for a lot of these kids, in terms of not being with their family - where they support their family, their family supports them - it was a dilemma," he said. "They decided to make that leap. "It would have been nice for them to have some high graduation rate institutions in the community, as well." Gates said the students also cited teacher retention and a lack of ...

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