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Bill Gates Hangs With Oprah

The AP is reporting that Bill and Melinda Gates went with talk show host Oprah Winfrey to a San Diego high school to talk about the Gates’ Foundation’s $11 million school reform project in the area.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $11 million to the San Diego Unified School District in 2003 to reform three large high schools, said Music McCall, a spokeswoman for the district.

The district used some the money to divide San Diego High School itself into six smaller schools specializing in business; international studies; media, visual and performing arts; and science, among others, McCall said.

The visit will air as a segment on an upcoming Oprah episode.

UPDATE: Valleywag says, not only was the event closed to the press, but they actually had security guards turn away the reporters from the school newspaper. They “no comment”ed 13-year old high school kids!

Hey Bill, these kids were pretty dissapointed. Why not invite them to Microsoft?

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Staff writers for the school’s newspaper, The Russ, were not so forgiving.

“This is the biggest story that’s ever happened at San Diego High and they won’t let us do the interviews,” said freshman Tara Hackett. “We’re expected to keep people up to date on news and we can’t even get access.”

Hackett and fellow writer Nia Tikoo tried to cover the story.

“The security guards kept telling us to go back to class,” Nia said. “It might have been important to talk to Bill Gates about his work and the small schools here.”

February 16th, 2006 Posted by | Corporate, General | one comment

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  1. I thought bill gates was a nice guy…..n Oprah, y d u need bodyguards!!

    Comment by Sarthak | October 22, 2006

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