New Yorkers Oppose the “Walmartization” of Education


Source: Alliance for Quality Education

In an opinion piece at amNewYork, the Alliance for Quality Education and Walmart Free NYC sound the alarm about the Walton family’s efforts to undermine public schools in New York.

The authors note that the Walton Family Foundation, run by the Walmart heirs, “has spent more than $1 billion since 2000, pushing ‘reforms’ that move us toward a privatized K-12 system run by entrepreneurs and investors rather than educators.” And they say the Waltons are spreading millions around New York to promote the “Walmartization” of education there.

New Yorkers deserve to know what the Waltons mean when they talk about education “reform.” They want to apply the business model of Wal-Mart to public schools: more corporate control, more profit for companies and lower-paid workers. We fear their goal is the Walmartization of public schools.

Over the last five years, the Waltons have pumped millions into expanding publicly funded, but privately operated charter schools in NYC. But they have not spent a single dollar lobbying to increase investments in resource-starved public schools in our state.

Low-income students and students of color in public schools are disproportionately affected, as their education is destabilized and treated as the least worthy of investment.

Yet, even as the state fails to fulfill its constitutional duty to adequately fund public schools, the Waltons seek to divert much-needed tax dollars to charter school operators. New Yorkers want strong public schools in all communities and access to the highest-quality education for all children.

Unfortunately, more ad campaigns and advocacy from the Waltons will only leave our students, families and communities worse off.

You can read the full article at amNewYork.