Charter schools in Calif. get $15M donation to boost enrollment

08/23/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A nonprofit started by the founders of Wal-Mart has donated $15 million to California's state charter-school association to help bring 100,000 more students into the charter system. Los Angeles Unified School District, which has more charter schools than any school district nationwide, will look to add 20,000 students to its charter schools and aims to reach 110,000 in charter-school enrollment within three years. "The goal is explicitly to create competition to incentivize all public schools to improve," said Jim Blew, head of the foundation's education effort.

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