ERIC Number: ED454309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-24
Reference Count: N/A
The Continuing Struggle against Unequal Educational Opportunity.
Black Alliance for Educational Options, Milwaukee, WI.
The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) supports educational initiatives that transform learning and provide families, especially low income families, with exemplary options and the power to choose the most appropriate option for their children. It actively promotes parental choice and increased educational opportunities for black children. The BAEO works with individuals and groups that share the goal of expanded educational options for low income families. The U.S. Department of Education's "The Condition of Education 2000" suggests that parents who select their children's schools are more likely to be satisfied than are parents of children attending assigned schools. "The Condition of Education 1999" indicates that school choice is widespread in America, except among poor families. Many Americans support an end to inconsistent public policy which allows wide availability of tax support for parental choice of private education at pre-primary and postsecondary schools but little such support in grades 1-12. There are very high levels of support for expanded parental choice among black parents. BAEO commends the Department of Education for recognizing the issues of school choice and parent satisfaction in "The Condition of Education 2000," but they note that disparities described in the report are unacceptable and must be eliminated. (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Black Students, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation, Private Schools, School Choice
Black Alliance for Educational Options, 750 North 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233. Tel: 414-288-8203; Fax: 414-288-2309; Web site: http://www.baeonline.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Black Alliance for Educational Options, Milwaukee, WI.