Special Letter to Tennessee BAEO Supporters
We write to share important news about BAEO's work in Tennessee. In
February, BAEO announced it would launch a Social Innovation Challenge
while providing continuity of purpose to our families and supporters.
In keeping with this decision, an independent, local organization called
The Campaign for School Equity (CSE) will begin operations in Memphis and Nashville effective July 1, 2016.
As BAEO embarks on a new journey, the Tennessee leadership team will
chart its own course with CSE, while upholding the BAEO organizational
values that have guided the work to protect the educational interests of
Black families since our founding in 2000.
The Campaign for School Equity is a nonprofit and nonpartisan
grassroots organization that will share the same commitment of
advocating for education access and success for our children, with an
eye toward closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent
The mission of CSE is to expand high-quality education options
throughout Tennessee by empowering and leveraging the support of faith
leaders, parents, students, and community members on school-choice
initiatives and policies. CSE's work will be centered on Advocating, Educating, Informing, and Convening various segments of the community, in addition to programming for leadership development.
The existing TNBAEO team will continue to work with its current network
of community leaders and parent advocates to fulfill CSE's mission.
TNBAEO State Director, Mendell Grinter, will serve as Executive Director
Through the years, BAEO has undergone a number of organizational changes but we have stayed true to our mission of increasing access
to high-quality education options for Black children by actively
supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental
choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black
families. We are excited about the launch of this new
organization, which will continue to serve families in Tennessee.
In the weeks ahead, CSE will release additional information on its
priorities for the 2016-2017 school year, including a report on the
state of schools in Tennessee. We encourage you to stay engaged by
visiting www.campaignforschoolequity.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The struggle continues,
Black Alliance for Educational Options
Campaign for School Equity