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The Walton Family Makes $4 Million Every Hour" The Escalating Wealth divide affects public schools: by Diane Ravitch

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 'As educators know, the Waltons use a small part of their vast fortune to undermine public education and replace public schools with privately managed charter schools .In addition to their nefarious role as the single biggest founder of charters in the U.S., they are the biggest retailer of guns. Just another reason to boycott Walmart. .  The Walton Family is the richest in the world. Its wealth grows by $4 million every hour of every day. Twenty-five families in the world control $1.4 trillion. In the magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s richest families, the Waltons are #1. FYI, the founder of Walmart—Sam Walton—was a graduate of public schools. He graduated from David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri '

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Calling a charter school public is mainly for the self-serving purpose of illegitimately funneling vast sums of public money from public schools to wealthy private interests who own-operate nonprofit and for-profit charter schools. Charter schools are essentially pay-the-rich schemes masquerading as "innovations" that "save public education" and "give parents choices."

Charter school owners-operators would not be able to fleece public money from public schools if they were openly recognized as the privatized arrangements that they are. Most people understand that public money belongs solely to the public, not private interests. They understand that public wealth must be used only for public purposes and that private interests have no right to decide how to use public money.

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The many ways one powerful nonprofit organization helps charter schools - The Washington Post

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For anyone interested in following how the Charter schools are proliferating here are my most recent links that show the scam in Ohio, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Florida, California and Arizona... and this is the tip of the iceberg the is the grand theft of our taxes that should go to public education. For more just go to the Ravitch blog, and put'charter schools' in the search field.

Ohio Gets Another Virtual Charter School!Earlier this year, Ohio's infamous Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) went into bankruptcy rather than pay the state money owed for "ghost" students. ECOT has collected over $1 billion since its opening nearly 20 years ago. It had the lowest graduation rate of any high school in the nation. Its owner regularly gave campaign contributions to state officials, which shielded him from accountability until a state court ordered ECOT to pay back state money for students who never showed up.ECOT is gone, so here comes a new virtual K12 Inc. charter school.

In this post, Mercedes Schneidertries to untangle the mess created by lack of oversight in all-charter New Orleans.

Oklahoma: Officials Can't Track "Ghost Students" in Online Charter School ScandalHow does a state determine whether students on a virtual school's rolls exist?Oklahoma can't. Oklahoma investigators believe Epic Charter Schools embezzled money by inflating its enrollment with homeschool and private school students. Because of the state's dedication to privacy, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says the alleged abuse would not have been preventable under current state law. State law enforcement describes these kids as "ghost students"homeschool and private school students that are also enrolled at Epic but receive little to no instruction from the school. Epic's founders allegedly used them to embezzle millions of taxpayer dollars.

Carol Burris wrote this article about the confluence of charter schools and greed in Florida. Just when you think you have heard it all, there is yet another story of cupidity associated with "nonprofit charter schools." The corruption never ends.

Will Huntsberry: A "Nonprofit" Charter Chain in California Reaps Huge Windfalls from Its Entwined Business Deals Will Huntsberry is the investigative reporter who untangled the $50-$80 million scam that led to the indictment of eleven people associated with a virtual charter chain in California ("Inside the Charter School Empire Prosecutors Say Scammed California for $80 Million").

In his latest investigation, he details the complicated business dealings that are enriching the owners of a "nonprofit" chain of 60 charter schools across the state.

Arizona: Charter Founder Is Sued for Using School Funds for Gym Fees, Trip to Hawaii, Other Personal Expenses


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