The funds from the foundation, which is ASC's largest funder, will be used to support the organization's efforts to double, by 2017, the number of students nationwide who attend private schools using publicly funded scholarships. According to the foundation, the number of students enrolled in private schools with the support of such voucher programs has more than doubled over the last eight years, to nearly three hundred thousand.
The grant from the foundation will nearly double ASC’s budget, which was reported as $6.4 million in its federal tax filings in 2011, the Washington Post reports.
"The work of ASC is vital to improving K-12 public education, especially for low-income communities," said Marc Sternberg, director of the Walton Family Foundation's K-12 education reform efforts. "These programs are experiencing unprecedented growth due to the fact that policy makers are responding to growing parent demand. Empowering parents to choose the best school for their child impacts the lives of individual students and can inspire the broader public education system to improve in all sectors — traditional public schools, private schools and public charter schools."