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The Walton Family: Billionaires deciding how to privatize schools indoor community, by Diane Ravitch

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'The Waltons are the richest family in America, with a net worth of $140 billion. They know money is power. Their primary takeover target is education. Their passion is charter schools. This is a handy way to bust unions and advance the privatization of public education.  They claim to have started one of every charter schools in the U.S. “The largest chunk of the foundation’s retooled and accelerated giving plan — $1 billion over the next five years — will focus  on building a constituency of supporters in local school districts. “The new approach means the foundation will exit cities where charters have been a tough sell, including Phoenix, Chicago, and Albany, N.Y. Its roster of 13 target areas now includes New Orleans, Oakland, and San Antonio, where charters are seen as ripe for success. 'See, they just sit around and decide how to privatize the public schools in your community.'

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