Foundation supporting school choice donates $3.6M to Newark schools

June 28, 2011

A national philanthropic group announced today it invested more than $150 million into low-income public schools in 2010, including $3.6 million in grants for Newark schools.

The Walton Family Foundation focuses on providing low-income families with the ability to choose better performing public schools for their children, according to a press release. They are the largest donor to support school choice initiatives, having given more than $1 billion to the cause, according to the release.

School choice programs have long been supported by Gov. Chris Christie and acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf. Christie signed a bill last September allowing for inter-district school choice in select districts across New Jersey.

The Walton Family Foundation's $157 million in grant money was the largest single-year total for the group. Washington D.C. received the most, $16.9 million, followed by Los Angeles at $12.4 million. Albany, Denver, Milwaukee and New Orleans also received funding.

The company also gave $16.6 million in support of Teach For America and $12.5 million to the Charter School Growth Fund. Christie has historically supported an increase in charter schools for New Jersey.

More information on the group and their education investments can be found at