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25 Years of Public Charter Schools

August 3, 2016
  • Supporting Charter Startups

    The Walton Family Foundation was one of the first philanthropies to support the start-up phase for charter schools. It also supports the expansion of successful charter schools. Since its first charter school grant in the mid 1990s, it has given more than $386 million in grants, helping to create more than 2,100 charter schools, serving more than 840,000 students. The foundation has supported about a quarter of all the charter schools in the United States. 

    The Walton Family Foundation is committed to investing another $1 billion between 2015 and 2020 in charter schools and other education efforts that have potential to create more high-quality choices for U.S. students and families.


    Walton Family Foundation K-12 Education Strategic Plan
    Walton Family Foundation report