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Charter schools: the Walton family’s favorite cause

By Laurie Bennett

April 7, 2014 at 7:26am

However crowded the Muckety map below might appear, its message is simple.

Members of the Walton family, heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, have devoted a significant share of their philanthropic activities to charter schools.

The interactive map shows charter schools, their networks and their advocates, receiving funds from the Walton Family Foundation, a grantmaker with assets of more than $1.5 billion.

Changing the education system is a major focus, with more than $164 million dedicated to the cause last year. The grants made up more than half of the foundation’s total giving.

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2 Comments

  • #1.   Mark Jansen 04.28.2014

    The Walton Family of one of their Foundations is the sole funding party behind the Illinois State Agency that approves or certifies Charter Schools.

  • #2.   Schwepp 02.06.2016

    …. and God Bless them for everything they do. The public education system has been failing our children since the early 70’s with their grand social experiments, the result of which we are now seeing by America’s rating being an average of 22nd in the world in reading and math. And this result after giving more money the the schools each in and every budget. Remember… a reduction in an projected increase is not a “cut”.

    There’s a constant complaint of education not being “fully funded” whatever the heck that means. Give us a number…. any number you consider as being fully funded. We’ll give you that same amount for 5 years. At the end of five years, if there is no significant improvement, the schools will be privatized, and the Department of Education and all union affiliation will go away. Then we’ll check again in five years as to any improvement, and make decisions on the basis of comparing the two results.

    Leaving out classes pertaining to technology, our kids received a better education in the late 1800’s.

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