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April 2, 2019
Black Memphis voucher advocates notably absent on Gov. Bill Lee’s school choice proposal
Last week, when the bill came before and subsequently cleared a key House committee, no black leaders from Memphis spoke in favor of the measure.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
October 25, 2017
Unable to reinvent itself, Black Alliance for Educational Options to shut down after nearly 20 years
The Black Alliance for Educational Options, a longtime national advocacy group founded by Howard Fuller, says it will shut down at the end of the year.
October 12, 2017
New program aims to make advocates out of Memphis high schoolers
Ten schools in Shelby County are participating in the program, which tries to get students involved in education policy issues.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
October 11, 2016
Memphis education advocate named finalist in Forbes competition for leaders under 30
Mendell Grinter, who leads the Campaign for School Equity, competes next week in a $1 million Forbes competition open to social entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
September 20, 2016
Comptroller report underscores ‘insufficient clarity, transparency’ in Tennessee funding for charter schools
Guidelines are so muddled on how funding should be allocated to charter schools that it’s unclear whether those schools are receiving the correct amount, a report says.
August 19, 2016
With new name but same mission, rebranded black education advocacy group introduces itself to Memphis
The Campaign for School Equity, formerly known as Black Alliance for Educational Options, kicks off a series of community meetings.
June 28, 2016
Tennessee chapter breaks off from national black education advocacy group
The Tennessee chapter of Black Alliance for Educational Options is growing, while the national organization is sputtering, according to state director Mendell Grinter.
Charters & Choice
January 26, 2016
Meet the Memphis lawyer who’s so upset about vouchers he’s running for office
Inspired by an anti-voucher rally in Memphis, Republican Price Harris plans a run for the Tennessee legislature.
July 2, 2015
Black education advocacy group hires new Tennessee director
The Black Alliance for Educational Options hires Mendell Grinter, its former Kentucky director, to lead the organization's Tennessee operations from Memphis.
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