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Pharrell Williams, The Walton Family Foundation Plan to Tackle Disparities in K-12 Education

The Walton Family Foundation — derived from Walmart founders Sam and Helen Walton — aims to continue to tackle issues in K-12 education in its new five-year strategic plan. For more than three decades, the foundation’s focus has been on three core objectives: protecting rivers, oceans, and the communities they support, advancing its home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta, and improving K-12 education. Three visionaries including: Marc Sternberg, head of the Walton Family Foundation K-12 Education program; artist and entrepreneur, Pharrell Williams ; president of Echoing Green, Cheryl Dorsey; and co-founder of The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, Liz Thompson gathered to share not only their perspectives but also speak about issues within K-12 education. “Over the past five years, we’ve been encouraged by the vision of new education leaders who are creating new, innovative school models that set students on a path to careers of the future and...

Feb 17, 2021