Gates K-12 Education Chief on the Foundation's Response to Coronavirus

Updated: May 19, 2020

This article originally appeared on April 28, 2020 in Ed Week by Rick Hess.


As families, educators, and community leaders wrestle with COVID-19, we'll be looking to bring conversations to readers that will be helpful in confronting the challenge.

Bob Hughes is the director of K-12 education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation has committed billions over the years to both public health and education, giving the foundation a distinctive perspective on how coronavirus is impacting schools. Given Bill Gates's personal leadership on the COVID-19 response, I reached out to Bob with a particular interest in hearing about how Gates education is responding to the pandemic. Here's what he had to say.


Rick: How is the Gates Foundation responding to the coronavirus? Have you had to shift your priorities?

Bob: This is obviously an unprecedented time in the United States and around the world, and the Gates Foundation has invested more than $250 million to support a global response. When the Seattle