One of the heirs to retail giant Wal-Mart on Thursday gave $500,000 to New Yorkers For A Balanced Albany, a group that is tied to the education reform group StudentsFirstNY.

A filing with the state Board of Elections on shows Jim Walton made the contribution to the group that has funded efforts aimed at backing candidates sympathetic to issues such as charter school support.

The contribution comes as education policy is once again expected to dominate the legislative session in 2017.

Meanwhile, two more donations were made to the independent expenditure committee supported by the Real Estate Board of New York.

Filings show Varego Holdings contributed $125,000 while Silverstein Properties gave $110,000.