Helen Walton’s Will

Today Jim Hopkins of USA Today writes about the Will of Helen Walton, the widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and the potentially dramatic impact it may have on public education.

Her Wal-Mart stake is worth about $16.4 billion, ranking her No. 29 on the most recent Forbes list of the world’s richest people. She had long planned to leave her stock to the Walton Family Foundation, the family has said.

The foundation, overseen by her children and advisers, is a big backer of public school reforms, including charter schools and private-school vouchers.

Her gift would propel the foundation, which currently ranks 38th in the US, to #2 behind only the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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