The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) will award State Representative Austin Badon the BAEO Advocacy Award on Thursday, March 14, 6 pm EST at the group’s annual symposium in Orlando, Florida.
The BAEO Board of Directors created this award to recognize and thank elected officials who have positively affected parental choice legislation and programs through their dedication, vote, and perseverance.
Five years ago, Rep. Badon authored the legislation which created the voucher program for public school students in Orleans Parish. The voucher program provides publicly-funded scholarships for students to attend parochial and private schools when the neighborhood public school is failing.
Parents have repeatedly thanked Rep. Badon for creating the program, which expanded choices for their children, while the Representative has been targeted with criticism by teacher unions and other traditional political organizations.
BAEO believes that parental choice must be an integral part of any serious effort to reform education in America. BAEO’s mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working-class Black families.
BAEO said it cannot achieve this mission without the support of courageous elected officials such as Rep. Badon.
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