Groff heads to BAEO, looking to bridge divides

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said today that its president, Peter C. Groff, is leaving to join the national staff of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Groff, who was the first African American to serve as Colorado’s senate president, will direct BAEO’s legislative outreach efforts. Specifically, BAEO leaders say, Groff will focus on leadership development with black elected officials and form stronger coalitions with traditional civil rights organizations and other groups on issues relevant to education reform. While they didn’t specifically name groups like the NAACP or the Urban League, these organizations are generally averse to the public and means-tested private educational options embraced by BAEO.

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit