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Black Alliance for Educational Options
Formally launched in August 2000, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is a national organization for Black people that advocates for a range of expanded educational options, including private school vouchers, charter schools, tuition tax credits, and public school choice. Its mission, educational reform efforts, and association with some conservative organizations have sometimes been criticized by pro–public school groups. The Black Alliance for Educational Options began with a March 1999 meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hosted by the Institute for the Transformation of Learning (ITL) at Marquette University. ITL, which supports expanding educational options for students in low-income families, was founded and directed by BAEO's first board chairman, Howard Fuller, a former Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent and prominent African American supporter of school choice. ITL convened the March 1999 meeting to focus on the benefits of educational options for Black families and determined during the meeting that a national organization ...