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Expanding access to a high-quality education for a lifetime of opportunity
Investing in Cities: A focused approach for the greatest impact

The Walton Family Foundation is investing in cities where we can have the greatest impact on the most students, because there are opportunities for educational improvement citywide.

These include: Atlanta, Boston, Camden, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, San Antonio and Washington, D.C.

We are also supporting state-level policy work in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

We believe that overwhelming parent demand for the creation and growth of high-quality, autonomous schools will spur improvements across all schools in a given city.

City-Level Investments Include Grants Focused On:
Our Approach
We have a three-sector approach: supporting charter schools that promise to provide high-quality options, partnering with traditional school districts to create autonomous schools, and supporting private schools serving low-income students that have access to public dollars and are prepared to be transparent and held accountable for student performance.

There is an increasing demand to cultivate a new generation of education leaders and entrepreneurs with the interest, knowledge and skills to develop different types of schools to meet every child’s unique needs. We are listening to parents and community leaders in the cities in which we work, and supporting organizations that ensure their voices influence decisions made about their schools.

The foundation believes that aligned community organizations—such as those focused on parent information, universal enrollment and transportation—are critical to making a difference for children. In a city with a growing number of options and school choices, parents need accessible and dependable supports that make it easier to secure the best school for their child.
Key Grantees Include:
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