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.
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools
- Alliance for School Choice, Inc.
- American Center for School Choice
- Arizona Charter Schools Association
- Arizona School Choice Administration Corporation
- Association of Missouri Charter Schools
- Black Alliance for Educational Options
- California Charter Schools Association
- Center for Education Reform
- Charter School Partners
- Colorado League of Charter Schools
- Education Reform Now, Inc.
- Florida Charter School Alliance
- Foundation for Excellence in Education
Georgia Charter Schools Association Inc.
Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options
Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Indiana Public Charter Schools Association Inc.
Institute for Innovation of Public School Choice
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
Milwaukee Charter School Advocates
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association
New Schools for New Orleans Inc.
New York Charter Schools Association
Newark Charter School Fund
Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina
Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools
School Choice Indiana
School Choice Ohio
School Choice Wisconsin
Students for Education Reform
Success Academy Charter Schools
Tennessee Charter Schools Association
Texas Charter Schools Association
Academy for Global Citizenship Charter School
ACE Charter High School
Amandla Charter School
Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc.
Aurora Collegiate Academy Charter School
Bridges Public Charter School
Brighter Choice Foundation
Brilla College Preparatory Charter School
Carpe Diem Collegiate High School – Meridian Campus
Central Queens Academy Charter School
Charter Fund, Inc.
Charter School Growth Fund – Louisiana
Christopher House Charter School
Delta Charter School of Math, Science and Technology
Democracy Prep III Charter School
Downtown Charter School, Inc.
Excel Academy Charter School – Boston II
Excel Academy Public Charter School
Fannie C. Williams Charter School
Future is Now: New Orleans Charter School
Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School
Intrepid Preparatory Charter School
Lafayette Preparatory Academy Charter School
Math and Science Preparatory Charter High
Nashville Classical Charter School
Oakland Academy Charter School
Pacific Charter School Development, Inc.
Paul Public Charter School
Peoria Charter School Initiative
Phoenix Collegiate Academy
Purpose Preparatory Charter School
Rowe Elementary Charter School
Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School
Tennessee Charter School Incubator
Westside Atlanta Charter School
Arizona Charter Schools Association
California Charter Schools Association
Charter Board Partners
DC Public Charter School Board
Illinois State Charter School Commission
National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools
Teach for America (National)