Big-Name Charter School Backers Donate To Key Governor Races

Prominent charter-school supporters are dishing out campaign money, as key gubernatorial races in several states have now begun in earnest. The completed June primary contests set up a number of state battles for governor in the midterm elections this November, with candidates who could change how public resources flow into charter schools and private schools in the coming years. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs donated $29,200 each – the maximum amount – last week to Democrat Gavin Newsom’s campaign for California governor. It’s a sign that the potent charter forces in Golden State politics who support privately-run but publicly-funded schools are now pivoting toward the state’s lieutenant governor, as he is widely considered a shoe-in to beat Republican businessman John Cox.

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