How Orthodox Agudah and Wal-Mart Money United To Back School Vouchers

“The largest donor to the ultra-Orthodox umbrella organization Agudath Israel of America is a Christian family from Arkansas,” Josh Nathan-Kazis writes in The Jewish Daily Forward.  The Walton Family Foundation, run by descendants of the late Wal-Mart founder and Presbyterian Sam Walton, incorporated the Agudah into its network of organizations fighting for conservative school reform in 2008. The unlikely partnership has since proved mutually beneficial, Nathan-Kazis reports, as the Agudah promotes voucher systems and public funding for religious schools and receives substantial donations from the Foundation in return.

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