Creating opportunities for America's students
The Walton Family Foundation began supporting K-12 education in the mid 1990s, and we have learned that what initially seemed impossible – transforming the way the United States educates its most disadvantaged students – is achievable. Talented and passionate partners, teachers, school leaders and parents have shown that change, even of this magnitude, is possible.
In 2015, the foundation invested $179.9 million in education nationally, with $20 million of that taking the form of startup grants for 100 new charter schools in 13 cities across the country. The foundation has also worked to build a pipeline of talented principals and teachers, support community engagement and empowerment efforts, foster innovative ideas and research big questions that inform practice in the field.