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.

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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.

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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.

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#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...

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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.

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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.

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Black Charter School Parents Urge Others to Sign Parent Letter to NAACP; ChartersWork Website Launched

Charter school parents in New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington State are calling on parents across the country to sign onto a letter that gives them a voice in the national dialogue surrounding charter public schools and parental choice. The letter, which lives at www.charterswork.com, urges the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to reconsider the position it took in July to put a moratorium on charter public schools.

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Alliance of Black Parents, Education and Community Leaders Speak Up to Say: Charter Public Schools Work

Parents with children in charter public schools, as well as those on waiting lists to get in, are speaking up for parental choice and the positive impact charter schools are having on Black student achievement across the nation. Led by the Black Alliance for Educational Options and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools , the new ChartersWork campaign tells a clear and compelling story of why more than 700,000 Black families have chosen charter schools. The campaign formed in response to a growing number of voices from San Antonio to Washington, DC calling on the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to reconsider the position it took in July to put a moratorium on charter schools.

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BAEO and Other Black leaders push back against NAACP's charter school moratorium

BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper told the Washington Examiner that the NAACP moratorium was "inexplicable."

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BAEO Statement on Tragedies In Texas, Louisiana, and Minnesota

BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper released the following statement addressing police actions that took the lives of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the senseless act of violence that left five law enforcement officers dead and others wounded.

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Special Letter to Tennessee BAEO Supporters

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.

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Statement on U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King's call for Better School Discipline Practices

BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper released the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. call for charter schools to become leaders in student discipline to keep students the classroom and have the opportunity to learn. The secretary spoke during a general session at the 2016 National Charter School Conference.

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The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge Is Here!

We invite you to join our ideas and action movement for the opportunity to receive a $500,000 investment into your innovative approach towards advocating for the children of low-income and working-class Black families.

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