BAEO Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) join parental choice and charter school advocates across the country in celebration of National Charter Schools Week (NCSW) between May 1 and May 7. NCSW is a week-long celebration acknowledging the work charter schools are doing to improve public education across the country.

"Charter schools are providing millions of parents and their children with a high-quality educational option in the communities they live," said BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper. "This week we highlight ways charter schools have improved learning for low-income and working-class Black families and continue the dialogue on developing and strengthening the pipeline for more charter schools that reflect the communities they serve."

BAEO is celebrating the week by honoring Black charter school leaders from across the country as well as share relevant statistics about work of successful charter programs. Over 6,700 charter schools are open and serving over 3 million students across the country. According to the National Center for Education Statistics' Conditions in Education 2015 report, 28 percent of charter students are Black-nearly double the Black enrollment percentage in traditional public schools. Despite these impressive numbers, the collective waiting list for families hoping to place their children in charter schools continues to hover around 1 million.

Since 2010, several independent research studies have found that students in charter schools do better than their traditional school peers. The most recent of those studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research found charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood. Last October, BAEO released a survey of 2400 Black voters that showed a solid majority support more parental choice options such as high-quality public charter schools.