For nearly 20 years, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) has been relentless in ensuring low-income and working-class Black parents are empowered to choose high-quality educational options for their children. We are incredibly proud of our legacy, including the thousands of parental choice champions created through our annual Symposia and other BAEO events; spin-off organizations created to continue our work in the community; legislation enacted, protected and expanded in states across the country; and elected officials we supported through BAF. To all of you, we simply say - THANK YOU!
Love Notes to BAEO on Facebook
Since announcing our closure at the end of the year, messages have poured in from all over the world on social media thanking BAEO for their contributions to the education reform movement. Here are a few from Facebook.
Love Notes to BAEO on Twitter
After our announcement, many of our friends in the struggle sent messages of thanks and gratitude for our contributions to the education reform movement. To all of you, we simply say - Thank You!
NAACP's attack on charter schools is misguided
BAEO's statement on the release of the NAACP Education Report was recently featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed. "We don’t see the NAACP pushing traditional school districts to innovate their curriculum; or hold teachers and administrators more accountable; or increase quality; or provide more flexibility to our most vulnerable families”
BAEO Statement on the Ending of DACA
BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The decision impacts nearly 800,000 individuals whose parents brought them into the U.S. illegally.
BAEO Statement on Opening of Alabama’s First Charter School
BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper issued the following statement on the opening of Alabama’s first charter school -
ACCEL Day and Evening Academy. BAEO helped lead efforts to pass the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, which paved the way for charter schools in the state.
BAEO Statement on the Release of the NAACP Education Report
BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper issued the following statement on the release of the “NAACP Task Force on Education Quality” report that proposes a series of new recommendations aimed at improving the public education system that serves urban communities. The NAACP is pushing for a 10-year moratorium on new charter schools as well as placing existing charter schools under the control of traditional school districts.
BAEO Statement on Fiscal Year 2018 Education Budget Proposal
While the Black Alliance for Educational Options' (BAEO) statement applauds the Administration's efforts to expand parental choice options for the nation's children, it called slashing $9 billion from the Department of Education an "an awfully painful way to put families and children first."
BAEO President Issues Statement on Renewal of D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program
Jacqueline Cooper, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, released the following statement on the bipartisan congressional budget deal that reauthorizes the federal D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The budget deal will fully fund the scholarship program through 2019.
BAEO Statement on Passage of Kentucky's Charter School Bill
"This is a great day for low-income and working-class Black families who want more high-quality educational options for their children," said BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper who praised the passage of (HB-520) Kentucky's charter school law. Once the bill is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, local elected leaders and school boards will be authorized to green light new charter schools in the state as early as the 2017-2018 school year.
BAEO congratulates Dr. RaeNell Houston on becoming first Black superintendent of New Orleans Catholic schools
In a statement, BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper says RaeNell Houston has "worked tirelessly to promote high-quality educational options like those offered at her schools, yet has been a steadfast supporter of parental choice policies that expands these options for underserved families across the greater New Orleans community."
BAEO Statement on Betsy DeVos' Confirmation as the Next Education Secretary
Jacqueline Cooper, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), has released the following statement on the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
A Special Announcement from BAEO!
Last year, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) launched the Social Innovation Challenge (SIC), with the objective of identifying a disruptive, revolutionary idea that will lead to the next iteration of BAEO or an entirely different Black-led national advocacy organization to carry out BAEO's unique mission. We remain committed to this goal.