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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:17:00

Flash: LR Prep pulls back expansion request

The smell ripens. In the midst of heated criticism of the state Education Department for hurrying up and waiving rules to allow an expansion request from the academically deficient Little Rock Preparatory Academy, Board member Diane Zook dropped a small bombshell: It has pulled back its expansion request.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 07:07:00

Crystal Bridges to open contemporary art space in downtown Bentonville

The New York Times was delivered the scoop by the Walton family on their latest addition to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (and Bentonville) — a new contemporary art space in a former Kraft cheese factory on E Street downtown.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 06:36:00

First they come for your schools, then your speech

From the Los Angeles Times, another example of the Walton billions put to work to damage those with whom they disagree, particularly teacher unions.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:54:00

Greg Penner elected chair of Walmart board to succeed father-in-law Rob Walton

Greg Penner's expected rise to Walmart leadership was formalized this morning with the board's election of Penner to succeed his father-in-law, Rob Walton, as chair of the retailer's board. The annual stockholder meeting is underway in Fayetteville with the usual lineup of celebrity entertainment.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 19:04:00

School privatization bill pulled for this session

Jim Ross, a former Little Rock School Board member active in the fight just told me that Rep. Bruce Cozart had pulled House Bill 1733 to allow privatization of, among others, the Little Rock School District.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 07:52:00

Digging into Little Rock school adviser, Boston Consulting Group

The arrival of the Boston Consulting Group, thanks to Walton Family Foundation backing, in the Little Rock School District encourages a look at the group's work in education elsewhere in the U.S. Privatization of schools often follows.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:13:00

Walton Foundation sets meeting in Little Rock schools

The Walton Family Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, with a consulting group known for recommending school privatization, are already arranging meetings in the former democratically governed Little Rock School District. They remain public schools — nominally — but information so far has been hard to come by about this new initiative.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 12:42:00

Surprise: Walton-subsidized UA has another report to support Walton school agenda

The Walton-subsidized University of Arkansas has issued a news release today about a report from a Walton-financed arm of the UA intended to support the notion that more public tax money should go to charter schools, which the Walton heirs are spending hundreds of millions to promote in the United States. There's another way to look at some of this.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 14:17:00

El Dorado Promise a winner for city schools; no charters needed

El Dorado had "signing day" Monday for some 300 El Dorado High graduates who'll be heading to college in the fall with scholarships thanks to the El Dorado Promise scholarship underwritten by Murphy Oil for all district graduates. A new study from the University of Arkansas confirms the positive impact the program has had on the district and students. I think it illustrates the antidote to school reformers' single-minded pursuit of charter schools and vouchers.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 07:27:00

New York Times focuses on Walton fortune investment in charter, voucher schools; filling in some missing parts

The New York Times takes a deep look at the Walton fortune's promotion of charter schools and school vouchers. The article was so deep, the Democrat-Gazette couldn't reprint it all. And there just wasn't room to mention all the Walton influence, some of debatable value, in the small state of Arkansas.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 07:59:00

The resegregation of American schools; some Little Rock examples

The state Board of Education meets Friday and the agenda includes a couple of issues that bear on nothing less than further erosion of Brown v. Board of education and the end of the public education system as we once knew it.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 06:47:00

Walmart fortune to back another museum in Bentonville, the Amazeum for kids

More big news for Bentonville today from 40/29. A new museum for families, the Amazeum, is to be built on J Street near the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art established by Walmart heir Alice Walton.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:33:00

Walton Foundation hires New York charter school leader

The Walton Family Foundation, which is spending tens of millions to promote charter schools, school vouchers and destruction of teacher unions and conventional public school districts that have them, is adding a high-profile New Yorker to its bureaucracy.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:32:00

Now it can be revealed: Field trips to Crystal Bridges good for students

We've reported previously that Walton-financed researchers at the Walton-financed University of Arkansas believe they have proven by scientific research that Walmart-fortune-financed field trips to the Walton-financed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville are valuable to students, even poor, minority type student

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 08:48:00

The University of Arkansas: A law unto itself

(9) (a) Files which, if disclosed, would give advantage to competitors or bidders; and (b)(i) records maintained by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission related to any business entity’s planning, site location, expansion, operations, or product development/marketing, unless approval for release of such records is granted by the business entity; (ii) provided, however, this exemption shall not be applicable to any records of expenditures or grants made or administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and otherwise disclosable under the provisions of this chapter;

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 07:50:00

The Baton Rouge morning line; how the Waltons get richer through estate tax loopholes

As Lindsey mentioned I'm on the road, currently in muggy Baton Rouge, where a morning stroll took me past Huey Long and his monumnent.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 17:37:00

Texas drops DWI charge against Alice Walton

Leslie Peacock reports the news on her Rock Candy blog that Texas has decided, 23 months after the fact, not to prosecute Alice Walton on a DWI arrest.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 15:26:00

Lifestyles of the rich and famous: Rob Walton edition

If labor unions can't have a little class warfare sport with the Walton family — billionaires dedicated in their loathing of labor unions — what's the point in organizing at all?

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 08:47:00

Waltons working on school takeover in Massachusetts

The Walton family effort to redesign publicly financed schools in their image — they prefer essentially privatized operations unanswerable to elected school boards and stripped of teacher association representation, preferably with "out-counseling" of difficult students to the remnant real public schools — is familiar by now in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:46:25

How best to improve schools

How best to improve schools? The Billionaire Boys Club way, by tearing down real public schools and creating dozens or even hundreds of individual school districts in the form of charter schools, virtual schools and private schools powered by public vouchers?

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