Tag Archives: Walton Family Foundation

Step Up for Students Touts Pro-Charter School Study Financed by Walmart and Charter Schools USA Boss

With it’s last five of its last six posts written in support of the for-profit charter school industry and fresh off its weekend effort to smear a local school board who rejected them, Step Up for Students’ blog, redefinED no … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

Big charter school operators have been whispering about getting their own independent board to approve charter schools. This week, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education editorialist Mike Thomas unsurprisingly made the case that it was time for Florida to … Continue reading

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How Michelle Rhee Orchaestrated a Deceitful Billionaire Bait and Switch

Washington Post reporter Bill Torque takes a close look at the DCPS budget and notes there’s a serious difference between Michelle Rhee’s budget and that of her successor,  Kaya Henderson. One of the more striking line items on the operating … Continue reading

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So Florida Lawmakers Want More Money for Charter Schools, But Who Will Really Get It?

UPDATE after the bump. From Mary McGrory in the Miami Herald: Last year, state lawmakers made it easier for high-performing charter schools to replicate and increase their enrollment. This year, the focus is funding. Charter schools receive less state money … Continue reading

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Florida DOE Puts Up $20 Million to Start Charter Schools; Teams With Gates, Broad and Walton Funded Group

From Topher Sanders of the Florida Times-Union: The state and a nonprofit venture capital fund are teaming up to offer the largest pot of money ever in Florida to increased the number of high-performing charter schools. The $30 million fund … Continue reading

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Levesque, Failing School KIPP Boss on Board of Walton-Funded Charter Lobby

The Orlando Sentinel’s Dave Weber has more on the new powerful lobby created to advance charter school interests in Florida: A new high-powered lobbying group has been formed to push expansion of charter schools in Florida, and it expects to … Continue reading

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Walton Family Funds Florida Charter School Lobbying Group

From Matt Dixon of Florida Times-Union: A new lobbying group for charter schools officially launched on Monday. With support from the Walton Family Foundation, the Florida Charter School Alliance will advocate for policies that benefit charter schools. The alliance notes … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Reports on Hedge Fund Managers Back Channel Effort to Takeover Connecticut School District

While the WSJ doesn’t include in its story that it was  a Walton Family funded group whom facilitated the relationship, it reports on the curious contact between a billionaire hedge funder and the Connecticut State Board of Education to prompt the … Continue reading

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A Walton Family Funded Group, a Hedge Fund Billionaire, and Circumventing the Political Process in Connecticut

The usual suspects and the same sleezy business model  have  emerged in Connecticut. And another day, another hedge fund billionaire  looks to throw his money around in the coporate takeover of education. Using a similar template as that from Washington DC and New … Continue reading

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Walton Family Funded Group Makes Lame Attempt to Criticize SOS March

The Center for Education Reform, who received $518,273 last year from the Walton Family Foundation, mocks this weekends, SOS March in Washington DC. WASHINGTON – This Saturday’s Save Our Schools rally is holding itself out to be an effort to … Continue reading

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