The grant will support the recruitment, training, and professional development of nearly 4,000 first- and second-year teachers in Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Newark, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. TFA expects that its efforts ultimately will result in the placement of more than 1,400 full-time teachers in schools in those cities. Two-thirds of TFA's nearly 28,000 alumni work full-time in education, while more than 800 alumni serve as school principals or school system leaders. In addition, many TFA alumni have been elected to office or are working to shape policy or as educational entrepreneurs. Having awarded $95 million in grants to TFA since 1993, the Walton Family Foundation is the largest private supporter of the teacher-training organization.
"The Walton Family Foundation's support for Teach For America is driven by the organization's proven ability to create a pipeline of outstanding education reform leaders who are empowering parents with the choice of great schools for their children," said Ed Kirby, deputy director of the foundation's K-12 education reform program. "Trailblazers like KIPP founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin (Houston, '92), Uncommon Newark's Julie Jackson (New Jersey, '94), and StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee (Baltimore, '92) entered the field of education through Teach For America. Because of their efforts, and those of thousands of other TFA alumni, more children in our nation have access to a high-quality, publicly funded education."