Kind of takes your breath away. Of course, it isn't like the donors are any big surprise. There's:
Bill Gates - he's thrown in another $2M (he's at about $3M but that doesn't count the money he threw to get 1240 on the ballot)
Alice Walton (of Wal-Mart) - must really love charters in Arkansas and Texas because she put in another $1.1M (that makes about $1.7M altogether)
A U.S. congressman from Colorado, Jared Polis
"a global investment and technology development firm"
An interesting couple, Anne Dinning and Michael Wolf, from NYC who have helped create Turnaround for Children, a non-profit that helps low-performing schools with high-needs students (wonder if they help all those low-performing charters). What's interesting is here's a page from an investment firm, New Profit, inc., that shows Turnaround for Children's "performance." You'll note that the number of children they serve has gone down but their profit is up.
That probably works out well for a number of folks. Maybe not public education but it works out for someone.
It is quite the David and Goliath battle but I think one worth waging.