The Walton Family Foundation is one of the largest backers of school choice in the U.S., spending over $1 billion in the area so far. And that may just be a start, given a combined Walton family fortune of nearly $100 billion. Rob Walton's daughter Carrie has focused her career on education policy and is the family member most immersed in its giving to K-12 education — so what do we know about her?
The Walton Family Foundation, a leading advocate of charter schools and other school choice initiatives, has pumped additional life into the debate over private school vouchers. The foundation recently gave $6 million to the Alliance for School Choice — basically doubling the organization's budget — to promote school voucher advocacy across the country.
When it comes to public advocacy for charter schools, parental involvement plays an important part. That’s the goal of GreatSchools.org — an online directory of education information and a parental network.
The best case for charter schools is often made by parents of color who badly want better education options for their kids. The Walton Family Foundation clearly gets the power of minority voices speaking up for charter schools and is using its deep pockets to bankroll these voices and help them get better organized.