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.
Betsy DeVos' Nomination for Education Secretary Moves to the Full Senate
BAEO Congratulates the Secretary-nominee on advancing to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. DeVos will make a great Secretary of Education by working on behalf of all children.
BAEO Teams Up with Dozens of Education Leaders in Support for Dept. of Ed Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos
More than 70 state and education leaders, including BAEO, singed a letter of support for the U.S. Department of Education Secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. The group is urging the Senate to confirm DeVos because she is a "champion of choice and
the education reforms needed to improve the future of every child in America," the group writes.
Empowering families must remain the root of the school choice movement
As more states and local municipalities explore new pathways to expand parental choice, BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper writes in the Washington Examiner about National School Choice Week and the bright future for Black parents, especially those from low-income and working-class backgrounds who want to send their children to great schools.
BAEO Mourns Loss of Former Board Member Lawrence C. Patrick, Jr.
The Black Alliance for Educational Options mourns the loss of former board member Lawrence C. Patrick, Jr., proud husband, father and pioneer in the education reform community.
When A Haircut Changes Lives
Read our latest 'Season of Giving' story about a New Jersey couple that gives free haircuts students at West Side High School, a traditional district school that serves students in West Ward in Newark. They believe when students look their best they will perform at their highest level.
How to reach Newark students? Start with their parents, group says
The city's Black Alliance for Educational Options, a group that started in Newark to advocate for educational opportunities on behalf of low-income and working class families, teaches classes that they say may improve those statistics. But, the classes are not extra help for kids - they are aimed at parents.
#GivingTuesday: The Children We're Fighting For...
For years Leonard and Anita Mclendon struggled financially to make ends meet. However, after attending a BAEO workshop where they learned about educational options in their community, they soon enrolled their five-year-old son into the state's scholarship program. Today their son attends a "great school where he is safe, loved and can learn." These is who we're fighting for...
BAEO Statement on the NAACP Resolution to Support a Moratorium on New Charter Schools
BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper released the following statement on the NAACP Board of Directors' decision to ratify a resolution in support of a moratorium on all new charter schools. The vote took place during the organization's fall board meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio and comes after multiple attempts, including hosting a meet and greet at the location of the board meeting to discuss the impact of the resolution on the education of Black children, were repeatedly denied.
Civil Rights Leaders and Black Families Speak Out as NAACP Anti-Charter Vote Sparks National Conversation About State of Public Education in Black America
The NAACP's decision this summer to call for a national moratorium on charter public schools has led to hundreds of community leaders and families to join BAEO and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) to call on the civil rights organization to reconsider their moratorium.