'Arkansas is a poor state. Legislators are easy to buy in a poor state. The Waltons own quite a few. The Alabama Education Association did the research and described the empire that the Waltons have constructed in service to their goal of owning and privatizing the public schools of Arkansas. In the Walton plan, there will be no “public schools,” only privately managed charter schools & vouchers for religious schools. Taxpayers and students would be better served by investing scarce resources to improve our neighborhood public schools & helping all of the students; our public schools are the anchor of our communities, and the best way to expand opportunity for all.'