Walton money for charters

by David Safier

The Walton Family, heirs to the Walmart fortune, love charter schools, and they show their love by giving generously through the Walton Family Foundation. But until I found a link on Diane Ravitch's blog  to the Foundation page listing the grants it gave in 2012, I had no idea how generous they were. The Foundation gave $158 million to education in 2012. Lots of the groups and schools receiving the grants have names that don't indicate who they are, so I just pulled out names that are clearly charter schools or organizations supporting charter schools. A quick estimate of the money in that very partial list comes to something like $80 million. Some of the biggest recipients are organizations like California Charter Schools Association ($5,000,000), Charter School Growth Fund – Louisiana
($2,000,000), KIPP Foundation
($8,374,000), Teach for America ($11,445,000) [this isn't directly charter-related, but I decided to throw it in because TfA is becoming a big part of the "school choice" movement], and a whopping $14,900,000 to Charter Fund, Inc.

Here's my partial list of charter school-related recipients. It continues below the fold. I'm sure if I spent some time, I could nearly double it.

  • Alliance for School Choice, Inc.
    1,700,000
  • American Center for School Choice 
    125,000
  • Arizona Charter Schools Association
    586,475
  • Arizona School Choice Administration Corporation
    100,000
  • Association of Missouri Charter Schools 
    326,300
  • Black Alliance for Educational Options 
    1,114,200
  • California Charter Schools Association  
    5,000,000
  • Center for Education Reform
    809,209
  • Charter School Partners 
    314,000
  • Colorado League of Charter Schools
    245,000
  • Education Reform Now, Inc.
    500,000
  • Florida Charter School Alliance 
    168,345
  • Foundation for Excellence in Education  
    1,000,000
  • Friends of Choice in Urban Schools 
    737,434
  • Georgia Charter Schools Association Inc.
    840,000
  • Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options 
    292,000
  • Illinois Network of Charter Schools   
    1,023,000
  • Indiana Public Charter Schools Association Inc.
    392,529
  • Institute for Innovation of Public School Choice
    265,845
  • Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
    586,280
  • Massachusetts Charter Public School Association 
    350,000
  • Milwaukee Charter School Advocates
    235,027
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 
    1,250,000
  • New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association 
    354,161
  • New Schools for New Orleans Inc.
    1,229,570
  • New York Charter Schools Association 
    725,000
  • Newark Charter School Fund
    1,875,000
  • Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools 
    382,706
  • Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina 
    600,000
  • Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
    150,000
  • School Choice Indiana
    320,000
  • School Choice Ohio
    605,000
  • School Choice Wisconsin
    300,000
  • Students for Education Reform 
    250,000
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
    1,000,000
  • Tennessee Charter Schools Association 
    268,126
  • Texas Charter Schools Association
    725,000
  • Academy for Global Citizenship Charter School
    250,000
  • ACE Charter High School
    250,000
  • Amandla Charter School
    250,000
  • Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
    250,000
  • Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc.
    30,000
  • Aurora Collegiate Academy Charter School 
    220,000
  • Bridges Public Charter School
    30,000
  • Brighter Choice Foundation
    945,000
  • Brilla College Preparatory Charter School
    250,000
  • Carpe Diem Collegiate High School – Meridian Campus
    250,000
  • Central Queens Academy Charter School
    250,000
  • Charter Fund, Inc.  
    14,900,000
  • Charter School Growth Fund – Louisiana
    2,000,000
  • Christopher House Charter School
    220,000
  • Delta Charter School of Math, Science and Technology
    30,000
  • Democracy Prep III Charter School
    250,000
  • Downtown Charter School, Inc.
    250,000
  • Excel Academy Charter School – Boston II
    250,000
  • Excel Academy Public Charter School
    250,000
  • Fannie C. Williams Charter School
    250,000
  • Future is Now: New Orleans Charter School
    250,000
  • Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School
    250,000
  • Intrepid Preparatory Charter School
    220,000
  • KIPP Foundation
    8,374,000
  • Lafayette Preparatory Academy Charter School
    250,000
  • Math and Science Preparatory Charter High
    220,000
  • Nashville Classical Charter School
    220,000
  • Oakland Academy Charter School
    30,000
  • Pacific Charter School Development, Inc. 
    2,160,000
  • Paul Public Charter School
    250,000
  • Peoria Charter School Initiative
    250,000
  • Phoenix Collegiate Academy
    250,000
  • Purpose Preparatory Charter School
    220,000
  • Rocketship Education
    225,000
  • Rowe Elementary Charter School
    250,000
  • Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School
    250,000
  • Tennessee Charter School Incubator
    707,331
  • Westside Atlanta Charter School
    30,000
  • Arizona Charter Schools Association 
    150,000
  • California Charter Schools Association  
    1,150,000
  • Charter Board Partners 
    177,750
  • DC Public Charter School Board
    498,729
  • Illinois State Charter School Commission
    100,000
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers 
    1,750,000
  • Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools 
    34,190
  • Teach for America (National)
    11,445,000
  • 0 responses to “Walton money for charters

    1. I see NPR is on the list. “Support for this program comes from the Walton Family Foundation whose K12 initiative works to empower families with quality school choices.” This is how they make sure stories about miracle charters and online “schools” will broadcast on “public” radio.

    2. Arizona Bobcat

      Dave, you should read Ravitch’s book: The Death and Life of the Great American School System. The book contains an entire chapter on how foundations such as the one funded by the Walton family and the one funded by Bill and Melinda Gates have worked to support school choice, charters and other such “reforms.” As you likely know, Ravitch was once a devoted member of the conservative “accountability movement,” but had a drastic change of heart when she saw the harmful effects an excessive reliance on testing and “choice” had on teaching and public schools, especially in the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in our country.