The Walton Family Foundation, a major education funder in Los Angeles, has announced a $50-million grant to Teach For America that will support the organization’s work in Southern California as well as across the nation.
Teach For America recruits are mostly recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years.
Nationwide, the Walton grant will support 4,000 TFA instructors over the next three years, with the greatest number, 800, going to the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region. TFA began its work in that area and in the nation’s urban core to address a teacher shortage.
The Los Angeles Unified School District also has relied on TFA, though less so...