JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Arkansas' Walton family is giving $4.3 million to help expand Teach for America operations in Mississippi and Arkansas.
The heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune have been longtime supporters of the program, which recruits college graduates to work for two years as teachers in underserved schools.
Walton Family Foundation spokeswoman Carrie McKnight says the increase in funding will allow Teach for America to expand from 550 teachers in the two states in the just-concluded school year to 582 this fall and 610 in the fall of 2014.
McKnight says the money will help pay for Teach for America operations over a two-year period. Schools pay teachers a regular salary, but Teach for America pays for training.
The state of Mississippi gives the program $6 million a year in public money.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)