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Director of New Jersey Black Alliance for Educational Options Talks Parent Involvement

Newark schools are struggling to regain control from the state. The district has a 70 percent graduation rate. Nearly half of all students are chronically absent. PARCC tests demonstrate that less than 20 percent are proficient in math. But there's special instruction to improve those statistics, not for students, but for their parents. Taught by the city's Black Alliance for Educational Options. Its New Jersey State Director is Lavar Young

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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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New Jersey BAEO Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

New Jersey BAEO joins parental choice and charter school advocates across the country to mark National Charter Schools Week. Spanning May 1 through May 7, NCSW is a week-long celebration acknowledging the work charter schools are doing to improve public education across the country.

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NJ BAEO Working to Create a Community Where Black Parents Use Their Voice

New Jersey BAEO Deputy State Director Shanell Dunns spoke with NJTV News about the growing academic achievement gap in the state. Studies show when schools engage parents, kids do better.

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Seizing the Moment to Change: A Special Letter to BAEO Friends and Supporters

The BAEO Board of Directors has decided to follow a course of action aimed at discovering a new way forward that will fulfill the mission, vision and value proposition of BAEO beyond 2016.

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Op-Ed: We Need More Teacher Diversity In Our Urban Communities

Yasmine Veale is a Newark resident, a member of the New Jersey Black Alliance for Educational Options and a student at Kean University.

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School Choice Groups Letter to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka

This letter was sent yesterday from the organizations below to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and copied to all members of the Newark City Council.

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More Options, More Opportunity

As we celebrate National School Choice Week, I can't help but think of how a single choice changed the course my life and how differently things would have ended up for me had I not been given the chance to experience the transformative power of a high-quality education. But, at the same time, I can't help but think about the kids on my block, my fellow students in Newark's South Ward, who weren't afforded that very same opportunity - and the injustice that many of them faced being trapped in a persistently failing educational system with no way out.

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BAEO Releases Report on the State of Education in Black America During National School Choice Week

Black parents, educators, elected officials, clergy, students and other community leaders must remain strong advocates for high-quality educational options inside schoolhouses, at school board meetings, and inside state capitals, affirms a new report released today by the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)- a national education advocacy organization. The release of the report coincides with National School Choice Week (NCSW) and underscores the need for more high-quality education options for Black children across the country.

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Statewide testing ensures accountability, transparency for parents

BAEO Interim President Jacqueline Cooper pens op-ed on why state assessments are important to ensuring the success of our children.

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Statewide testing ensures accountability, transparency for parents

We can't help our children, especially Black children from low-income and working-class families, if we don't know how well schools are serving them. This is especially true when it comes to expanding the high-quality options our children need to gain equity and access to great teaching and learning. This is why the Black Alliance for Educational Options and others in the education reform movement are so committed to ensuring all schools are held accountable through annual statewide tests and other measures.

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Failed black education invisible in debates

BAEO Interim President Jacqueline Cooper writes pens a column in USA TODAY on how failed black education policies are largely invisible in the presidential debates.

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New Survey Shows Black Voters Strongly Support Parental Choice for Educational Options in New Jersey

Black voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly support providing parents with high-quality educational options that include a mix of traditional public, public charter and opportunity scholarships to attend private schools, according to a new survey released by the New Jersey Black Alliance for Educational Options (NJBAEO).

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