It is very instructive to scan the long list of organizations that are funded by the Walton Family Foundation. Some will surprise you. Some will not. Here is what we know about this foundation. The Walton Family (beneficiaries of Walmart) is the richest family in America. There are many billionaires in the family. Like Betsy DeVos, they don’t like public education. They don’t like regulation. They love the free market. They don’t like unions. Individual family members have spent millions on political campaigns to support charters and vouchers. The Foundation also supports charters and school choice.
In 2015, the Walton Family Foundation spent $179 million on K-12 education grants. They are in the midst of a pledge to spend $1 billion to open more charters, and they have targeted certain cities for their beneficence (Atlanta, Boston, Camden, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, San Antonio and Washington, D.C.) Their goal is to undermine public education by creating a competitive marketplace of choices. They and DeVos are on the same page.
I suggest you scan the list to see which organizations have their hand out for funding from one of the nation’s most anti-public school, anti-union, rightwing foundations.
Here are a few of their grantees:
Black Alliance for Education Options (BAEO), run by Howard Fuller to spread the gospel of school choice: $2.78 million
Brookings Institution (no doubt, to buy the annual report that grades cities on school choice): $242,000
California Charter Schools Association: $5 million
Center for American Progress (theoretically a “centrist Democratic” think tank): $500,000
Charter Fund, Inc. (never heard of this one): $14 million
Chiefs for Change (Jeb Bush’s group): $500,000
College Board (to push Common Core?): $225,000
Colorado League of Charter Schools: $1,050,000
Editorial Projects in Education (Education Week): $70,000
Education Reform Now: $4.2 million
Education Trust, Inc. (supposed …read more
Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core