BAEO picks new president/ CEO at Chicago confab

Written by admin   // July 8, 2010   // 0 Comments

Washington, D.C. – The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) congratulates Peter C. Groff on being named the new President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS).

The announcement was made on the final day of the 10th Annual National Charter Schools Conference in Chicago in front of more than 4,000 charter school supporters.

Peter C. Groff

“The Alliance plays a critical role in the delivery of high-quality educational options for Black children and Mr. Groff possesses the qualities needed to grow and strengthen the charter school movement,” said Kenneth Campbell, BAEO President. “BAEO congratulates the Alliance on their selection and their continued commitment to reforming public education and being leaders in the policy arena. We look forward to working with Mr. Groff in his new role.”

Before joining the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Groff served as the director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U. S. Department of Education.  Prior to that, Groff was the founder and executive director of the University of Denver’s Center for New Politics and Policy (formerly Center for African American Policy), and lectured at the University’s Public Policy program.

Alliance Elects New Board Members

BAEO also congratulates Board Member Mashea Ashton, who was elected the new Board Chair for the Alliance, and BAEO Founder and Board Member, Dr. Deborah McGriff, who was elected the new Vice Chair for the Alliance Board.

“BAEO is proud of Ms. Ashton and Dr. McGriff for their relentless work to ensure that low-income and working class Black families have high-quality educational options to choose from for their children,” said Kevin P. Chavous, BAEO Board Chair.

BAEO is a national, non-profit, membership organization. BAEO was founded in 2000 by Howard Fuller, Deborah McGriff, Virginia Walden-Ford, Philadelphia State Rep. Dwight Evans, Kenneth Campbell, and several other prominent Black educators, elected officials and civil rights activists with start-up funding from the Walton family foundation.

BAEO celebrated its 10th anniversary at Symposium 2010, the Annual Meeting of the organization in Milwaukee, Wis., on March 4-6.

BAEO’s mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families.

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