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. It has been a long, arduous journey full of triumphs and setbacks. Through it all, we strived to remain steadfast to our mission and purpose. But times have changed.
We know there is much more to accomplish in the education reform space, and that an unapologetically Black-led organization should be at the forefront of the ongoing struggle for high-quality schools. However, we have decided that it is time to cease operations at BAEO, and our sister organization, BAEO Action Fund (BAF), effective December 31, 2017.
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.
There are so many individuals and organizations to thank for their unwavering support and commitment to BAEO over the years. The families and children who exercised their right to educational freedom; the tens of thousands of members of the community who have attended BAEO Symposia, meetings and events; the courageous Black elected officials who took tough votes to advance our cause; the funders who provided financial resources for our important work; the committed individuals who served on our board of directors; the many early backers who became members of the organization; the hardworking advocates who served on our staff; and all of our allies who stood shoulder to shoulder with us in battles that took us to many states and cities throughout the country. To all of you, we simply say - THANK YOU!
We often said although the organization may one day go away, the ongoing fight for the hearts and minds of people who believe in our work will never cease.
Countless individuals have been informed, inspired and empowered by BAEO and will carry on with our mission: To increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parent choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families.
We wish all those warriors well as the struggle continues…