According to the PR Newswire, Lisa Macfarlane, formerly with the League of Education Voters (LEV) and now Director of Washington State Education Reform Now/Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), received a $10,000 grant from the Walton’s as an “Education Reformer to Watch” for her work on pushing charter school initiative 1240 in the state of Washington.
And what does Ms. Macfarlane plan to do with the cash? Ensure that charter schools open in the state of Washington of course.
Per DFER Watch:
Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied to test scores, high-stakes testing, school choice (including vouchers and tuition tax credits in some cases), mayoral control, and alternative teacher preparation programs.
Alice Walton supported charter school initiative 1240 in the state of Washington by providing $1.7 M to the cause.
According to The WalMart 1%:
The Walton Agenda
While they haven’t given very much of their wealth away, a great deal of what the Waltons have spent has been focused on funding right wing causes.
The largest of these causes has been the movement to privatize public education.
Beyond this, the Walton Family Foundation has also given to a host of other right-wing organizations, including:
- The Cato Institute
- The Heritage Foundation
- National Right to Work Foundation (anti-union)
- Americans for Tax Reform (Grover Nordquist’s organization)
Next up, see: Lisa Macfarlane and Her Conspiracy Theories.