As students grapple with school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, some believe that the pivot to remote learning opens the door to radically transform K-12 public education as we know it. In the wake of other disasters, school reformers have often seized opportunities to reengineer public schools, such as they did after Hurricane Katrina.

And, so, it surprised few when Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) announced a new state partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He described Gates as a visionary and said it’s time to “start talking about really revolutionizing education.”

Annie Tan, a 5th grade special education teacher at a public school in Brooklyn, tells Tiny Spark that she is “disgusted” that this task is being given to Gates.

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