A special state Senate election in New York is the latest with an Arkansas connection — specifically the Walton fortune, which is sufficient to bear any burden to elect pro-charter-school politicians everywhere.

Alice Walton is a major contributor to New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, founded by a pro-charter school group. It spent $7 million on New York Senate races in 2016. Now, with a pro-charter Republican seeking an open Senate seat in an April election next month, it is spending again — $13,500 for a poll and $177,000 worth of TV ads. So far. Needless to say, there’s more where that came from, $1.9 million in the group’s bank account at the moment. I was alerted to this by Diane Ravitch, the anti-charter education expert, who’s backing Democrat Shelly Mayer in the race.

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Why care? Well, of course, the Walton money has been deployed strategically in Arkansas politics. Experience suggests a little money goes a long way in Arkansas. Low prices every day.

You think they have enough to elect a school board should Walton pal Johnny Key ever give Little Rock its school district back? Presuming there’s much district left after they get through charterizing most of it.

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