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Walton Family Foundation Invests $157 million
in K-12 Education Reform in 2010

The foundation invested more than $157 million in education reform initiatives in 2010 – a $23 million increase over 2009, in which education reform grants totaled $134 million. Grants were made to organizations and programs that empower parents, particularly in low-income communities, to choose among quality, publicly funded schools for their children. The foundation invests to expand the right of all parents to have access to quality schools, regardless of type, with the goal of ultimately increasing student achievement.

“When all parents have the ability to choose quality schools for their children, a competitive dynamic emerges that can inspire the broader school system to improve, helping transform public education in our nation.” – Jim Blew, K-12 Education Reform Focus Area, Walton Family Foundation

Investment Strategy

The foundation’s K-12 Education Reform strategy has three key initiatives:

  • Shaping Public Policy
  • Creating Quality Schools
  • Improving Existing Schools

All three initiatives are designed to work together and support one another. Shaping public policy serves to accelerate the creation of new good schools. Students and families in the new schools then help shape public policy. And, similarly, the foundation learns from the practices in these new, quality schools and can apply those findings to existing schools. 

About the Walton Family Foundation and K-12 Education Reform

Driven by the urgent need to dramatically raise student achievement, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, the Walton Family Foundation has invested more than $1 billion to date in initiatives that expand parental choice and equal opportunity in education. Empowering parents to choose quality schools, regardless of type - traditional public, private or public charter school - will help spur the bold transformation of our national K-12 system of public education. Our nation’s children will only reach their potential in today’s global economy by having access to a high-quality, publicly funded education.