This item from last Thursday has occasioned emails from readers wondering what the big news is/was. Sorry! Other things came up and it slipped.

The news is this $300K Bill Gates contribution to the campaign in Washington State fighting to preserve that state’s charter school law which the teachers’ union there is trying to take down through a referendum this November. John Walton and Don Fisher have already made large contributions along with many smaller donors. The Gates contribution is noteworthy because it’s personal money and not something he generally does.

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