ERIC Number: ED462472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-25
Reference Count: N/A
Community Voice or Captive of the Right? A Closer Look at the Black Alliance for Educational Options.
Lasdon, Erica; Keys, Carol; Neas, Ralph G.
This report examines the activities, funding, and affiliations of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), highlighting its promotion of school vouchers, affiliations of its leaders and board of directors, and history of its funders. The BAEO bills itself as a grassroots coalition of African American leaders, though it is bankrolled by several small foundations known better for supporting school privatization schemes and affirmative action rollbacks than empowering African Americans (the John Walton and the Walton Family Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, American Education Reform Council, and Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation). The BAEO board includes primarily African American voucher supporters, many of whom are high-profile advocates, such as Former Rep. Floyd Flake and right-wing radio host Armstrong Williams. The BAEO's recent powerful advertising campaign, which uses the language of the civil rights movement, appears to be part of the Right's campaign to re-cast the image of the voucher movement and build broader support for policies to undermine public education. Two appendices present contributors to the BAEO and recent facts about school vouchers. (SM)
For full text: http://www.pfaw.org/issues/education/vouchers/factsheets/BAEOReport12_01.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.