The Black Alliance for Educational Options
(BAEO) is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization whose mission is to actively support parental choice to empower families and increase quality educational options for Black children. The origins of the organization was in the hearts and minds of the 150 participants attending the first Symposium on Educational Options for African Americans held in Milwaukee, WI hosted by the Institute for the Transformation of Learning (ITL) at Marquette University March 4-6, 1999. The enthusiasm shown at the meeting generated the idea of moving beyond a loose network of people exploring and advocating for parental choice to a national organization. This belief led to the gathering of a group of 50 dedicated and committed Black people at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. December 3 5, 1999 for the first organizing meeting of BAEO. The founders adopted the name of the organization, the mission statement and the general principles of the organization.
Incorporated in the District of Columbia in 2000, The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options has educated and trained DC parents to be more actively involved in the education of their children. The overarching goal is to assist parents in their quest to improve the academic achievement of their children, particularly low-income and minority students in Title I schools in need of improvement. DC BAEO has: