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.
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.