Bipartisan Billionaires Go For Charters In California

Wealthy advocates of charter schools are putting their money where it will count – on charter schools in California. Laurel Rosenhall has the story on  CALmatters education reporter Jessica Calefati contributed to this report.

What do these billionaires have in common? They aim to shake up public education by promoting charters—schools that receive taxpayer funds but are not required to follow all the rules that govern traditional schools. And their newest goal is to try to elect California’s next governor.

Several wealthy business leaders have poured millions of dollars into a campaign backing Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and former mayor of Los Angeles. Their spending, which follows similar efforts in key legislative and school board races, has made the California governor’s race the latest front in a long-standing war.