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**Ways to Help Baton Rouge Flood Victims**

BAEO has been closely monitoring the massive flooding still impacting thousands of families in the greater Baton Rouge area. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected. There are a number of resources available to help Baton Rouge families. This is a comprehensive list of ways you can help.

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BAEO Statement on Louisiana Dept. of Education's Plan to Allow Wait-listed Students for Scholarship Program to Enroll in the Upcoming School Year

BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper issued a statement on the Louisiana Department of Education's plan to allow more than 360 low-income students on the waiting list for the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP) to enroll in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Under the proposal schools will accept a nominal payment from the state per child in hopes the legislature will provide full funding in its next session.

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The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge Is Here!

We invite you to join our ideas and action movement for the opportunity to receive a $500,000 investment into your innovative approach towards advocating for the children of low-income and working-class Black families.

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State's budget deficit should not be balanced on the backs of our children

Tom Watson, chairman of the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options Clergy Coalition, tells Gov. Edwards cuts to the Louisiana Scholarship Program would not only deny low-income and working-class black parents and their children the opportunity to receive a great education to deal with short-term budgetary constraints, it would turn back the clock on the significant progress we've made to address the sad chapter of racial discrimination and funding inequalities in our state's education system.

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Louisiana BAEO Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

Louisiana BAEO joins parental choice and charter school advocates across the country to mark National Charter Schools Week. Spanning May 1 through May 7, NCSW is a week-long celebration acknowledging the work charter schools are doing to improve public education across the country.

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Statement on Defeat of Several Education Bills in the State Capitol

Louisiana BAEO Stacy Martin, state director of the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (LABAEO), issued the following statement on the defeat of several House and Senate Education legislation that would have restricted school choice options for thousands of children across Louisiana.

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Changing voucher rules top Edwards' priority, aide says

But any push to overhaul the assistance is sure to trigger controversy four years after vouchers were first offered statewide. Stacy Martin, state director of the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options, criticized the plan.

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Seizing the Moment to Change: A Special Letter to BAEO Friends and Supporters

The BAEO Board of Directors has decided to follow a course of action aimed at discovering a new way forward that will fulfill the mission, vision and value proposition of BAEO beyond 2016.

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BAEO Releases Report on the State of Education in Black America During National School Choice Week

Black parents, educators, elected officials, clergy, students and other community leaders must remain strong advocates for high-quality educational options inside schoolhouses, at school board meetings, and inside state capitals, affirms a new report released today by the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)- a national education advocacy organization. The release of the report coincides with National School Choice Week (NCSW) and underscores the need for more high-quality education options for Black children across the country.

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Letters: School choice will better quality of education in La.

This week, we're celebrating National School Choice Week, held every year to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. The goal of the week is to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children available here in Louisiana, including public charter schools, traditional public schools, scholarship schools, online schools, and home schooling.

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Louisiana BAEO to Host School Tours on Jan. 28 & 29 for National School Choice Week

To raise public awareness of effective educational options available for low-income and working-class Black families, the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (LABAEO) will lead a series of school tours and roundtable discussions between parents, elected officials and school leaders for National School Choice Week.

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Statewide testing ensures accountability, transparency for parents

We can't help our children, especially Black children from low-income and working-class families, if we don't know how well schools are serving them. This is especially true when it comes to expanding the high-quality options our children need to gain equity and access to great teaching and learning. This is why the Black Alliance for Educational Options and others in the education reform movement are so committed to ensuring all schools are held accountable through annual statewide tests and other measures.

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Louisiana's school choice backers praise court's voucher decision, call it a victory

Advocates of school choice Wednesday hailed what they called a victory for voucher proponents in a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision reversed a lower court decision that required the state to provide federal officials with annual reports on Louisiana's voucher students.

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