Just in case you thought that charter schools were very well funded by the Walton Family (the richest family in the world, at nearly $200 billion), the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, Reed Hastings, Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg, John Arnold, Philip Anschutz, and a slew of other billionaires, think again.

The U.S. Department of Education will award nearly $500 million to expand charter chains this year.

Here are the list of grantees, all of them already overflowing with private and state funding.

Why, you might ask, is the Department of Education (and Congress) funding already well-funded privately managed charter schools?

Why give this kind of money to schools that don’t need it, when there are so many underfunded public schools?

Ask the Republican party. Ask Betsy DeVos. Ask Arne Duncan. Ask Corey Booker. Ask Hakeem Jeffries.