Our public schools have never before been subject to such a sustained assault on their very foundations. Never before were there so many people, with such vast resources, intent on dismantling public education,”blogs education historian Diane Ravitch at EdWeek. Ravitch has criticized charter and voucher schools, and says Walton is part of a “Billionaire Boys Club” in education philanthropy.
Great Comment: Regarding the quote from Ed Kirby of the Walton foundation, who says their focus is "unapologetically the interests of parents": I am a parent and I do not feel represented at all by this foundation, or by the move toward privatization...which mainly seems like an attempt to expand the profitability of the education sector on the backs of our children. For instance, the new "technology" charter that Tony Bennett invited to Indianapolis that features a ratio of seventy students to one teacher, aided by computer programs. More choice? I question that. An attempt to make teaching our children cheaper? Clearly.
Now that he's facing reelection, Bennett is visiting more public schools than he likely did in all of his first three years in office, but his travel schedule last year seemed to suggest he was running for a much higher profile job.
Look who wants to sponsor Hoosier Children's Education.