BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The Walton Family Foundation says it will donate $50 million over three years to Teach for America to support 4,000 new teachers nationwide.
Teach for America, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, recruits college graduates to teach for two years in schools in high-poverty areas.
The foundation, which was created by Wal-Mart’s founders, says the grant will support the recruitment, training and professional development of about 4,000 new teachers in Atlanta, Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta region; the San Francisco Bay Area; Camden, New Jersey; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; San Antonio; and Washington, D.C. The grants also funds new teachers in Colorado and Massachusetts.
The Mississippi Delta region, one of the poorest areas of the country, will get 800 new teachers under the grant.