Tom Torlakson

Handful of rich school-choice donors spend big in California

Much of the funding for California's pro-school choice groups and candidates comes from a handful of very wealthy donors, including the founders of Netflix and The Gap and children of Wal-Mart creator Sam Walton.

An Associated Press analysis of top donors to school-choice ballot measure campaigns around the country found 48 individuals and couples provided most of the reported contributions to those initiatives since 2000. Some of those top donors are major backers of pro-school choice candidates in California.

In the past, California teachers unions have spent big to defeat high-profile school choice candidates. Last year, several state legislative candidates backed by...