Teach for America in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region will share a $4.3 million grant by the Walton Family Foundation to support placement of 1,000 teachers in grades K-12 over the next two years.
Teach for America is a national organization that recruits and develops “corps members” to commit two years to teach in high-need schools. Teach For America-Delta serves school districts in both Arkansas and Mississippi, and began its work to improve the quality of education in the region in 1991.
Ron Nurnberg, executive director of TFA-Delta in Mississippi, thought immediately of the children whose lives will be impacted by this grant. “Each year we have to turn away qualified, dynamic applicants due to the lack of funding,” he said. “With this grant we will be able to deepen our relationship with Delta schools by placing hardworking, transformative leaders in many more local classrooms. This is a significant win for local children.”
A previous grant from the Walton Family Foundation of Bentonville, Ark., supported more than 550 corps members in 125 schools in the 2012-2013 school year, reaching more than 45,000 students. This most recent investment will continue that support and increase the number of corps members placed in the region over the next two years, resulting in 582 placements this fall and 610 next year.
The Walton Family Foundation began investing in TFA-Delta in 1993. Since then, foundation support for the organization totals nearly $15 million.
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