The total amount of Walton family affiliate money backing the Georgia charter school referendum is far larger than Alice Walton’s $250,000.
In the Walton Family Foundation’s list of 2011 Education Reform Grants, there are two Georgia organizations:
Georgia Charter Schools Association Inc. 700,000 Georgia Family Education and Research Council, Inc. 350,000
GCSA has made the news quite a bit lately, and its name makes its purpose pretty clear. According to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), GCSA is a NACSA member. You remember NACSA, the organization that Zaid Jilani discovered was an ALEC member, and that bailed out of ALEC two days later. That was in May 2012, after the Georgia legislature passed the bill putting the charter school referendum on the ballot.
Georgia Family Education and Research Council, Inc. (GFERC) is slightly less obvious. According Continue reading