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Closing the Achievement Gap

In Alabama, like in many states across the United States, there is a significant achievement gap in education. This gap is particularly pronounced when it comes to race, with Black and Hispanic students lagging behind their white peers in academic performance and graduation rates. One of the main factors driving this achievement gap is the unequal distribution of resources between schools in different neighborhoods. Schools in low-income neighborhoods often have less funding, fewer experienced teachers, and fewer resources to support student learning. This makes it more difficult for students in these schools to succeed academically. Another factor is the history of [...]

Closing the Achievement Gap2023-03-13T21:52:12+00:00

Fairfield Clergy Luncheon

Christa Andrews with Black Alabamians for Education held a Clergy luncheon in Fairfield, AL discussing a potential charter school in the area. Christa gave the pastors information about the Charter School Law in Alabama. The pastors were in agreement that many children need something different to get them off the current trajectory of crime and that parents need more information to help advocate for their children. Dr. Calandra Sales, the proposed Charter School founder, attended the meeting.  She shared her vision for the school.  The pastors were able to ask her questions and get direct answers. The pastors overwhelmingly felt that [...]

Fairfield Clergy Luncheon2023-02-15T14:58:21+00:00

Lakeshia Wheeler

Favorite Quote: Fear is the mind killer. Let it pass through you. Lakeshia Wheeler is a freelance graphic design and owner of Keekee360 Design a graphic design firm located in Huntsville, Al that serves clients all over the world. Lakeshia helps entrepreneurs bring their dreams to reality. Lakeshia is a fifteen year veteran of using print and web technologies to build relationships for business, organizations and individuals. She speaks, blogs, writes articles and make media of all kinds at Ms. Wheeler is creative. She is art. Lakeshia aka Keekee formally studied art in Huntsville, Alabama were she received a B.S. degree [...]

Lakeshia Wheeler2022-11-18T20:26:02+00:00

Latrice Johnson

Native Alabamian, Latrice Johnson has experience hands on the pros and cons of the state. Born the fifth and the last child, she has experience generations of changes in our school system. Miss Latrice has been volunteering for Black Alabamians 4 Education for many years. She has also volunteered for other community organizations. Latrice is the owner of The Valtina Business LLC which employs people with disabilities to work from home. She is also a co-owner of B.R.G.W Trucking and Keiyotrice Solutions. Her hobbies is candle making, writing short stories and books, and also DYI projects. Her passion is helping the [...]

Latrice Johnson2022-11-18T20:37:43+00:00

Christa Andrews

A native of Dothan, Alabama, Christa is a proud graduate of Tuskegee Institute.  Upon graduating from Tuskegee Institute, Christa spent over 15 years in corporate America.  She soon recognized that giving back is rewarding and most impactful, which led her to community work within the inner city around Computer Literacy.   In this work, it became apparent quickly that many children were in need of computer literacy but also basic literacy including reading and writing.  She immediately began seeking out organizations that she could serve with in the community to offer direct solutions to literacy as a whole. It was then in [...]

Christa Andrews2022-11-18T20:36:47+00:00

LaShundra D. Richmond

As a transformational Educational Leader, LaShundra is a highly-motivated and purposely driven Practitioner with a passionate commitment to student development and the learning experience; skilled in the design of challenging, enriching and innovative activities that address the diverse interests and needs of students; possess outstanding communication skills; presenting information in various facets, collaborating with team members and establishing productive & efficient relationships with students, parents, and all other stakeholders. LaShundra, also known as the Destiny Coach, is the proud Founder & Senior Strategist of the Destiny House, a non-profit organization that connects the school, business and community sectors to provide practical [...]

LaShundra D. Richmond2022-11-18T20:36:05+00:00

Ashlee Taylor

Ashlee Taylor is a licensed attorney and entrepreneur who holds a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. Ashlee Taylor is a fervent advocate for high quality education options, and the economic advancement of the Black Community. Known amongst her colleagues as a visionary, she takes great pride in doing meaningful work to make an impact for the betterment of our youth and the community as a whole. 

Ashlee Taylor2022-11-18T20:30:29+00:00

Alabama School Choice Roadmap

Alabama School Choice Roadmap By: National School Choice Week Team Choosing a school? You’ve got options.  Choosing where your child goes to school is one of the biggest decisions you face. While it may feel intimidating to navigate your school options in Alabama and make a choice, you can do it! And remember, every child is unique. So, the “best” school for your child may look different than the “best” school for your neighbor’s child. A good starting point for choosing a school is knowing your options. That’s why this post will break down the six main learning environments available in [...]

Alabama School Choice Roadmap2022-09-09T18:45:58+00:00

LGBTQ+ affirming charter school in Alabama survives one year

by Tanesha Peeples June 10, 2022 Magic City Acceptance Academy, located in Homewood, Alabama, is the country’s first LGBTQ+ affirming charter school. The academy first opened its doors in 2021 with a mission to facilitate a community in which all learners are empowered to embrace education, achieve individual success, and take ownership of their future in a brave, LGBTQ-affirming learning environment. With 240 youth currently enrolled, the student body consists of young people who identify as trans, gay, straight, bisexual, queer and gender-neutral. Students report coming to the school seeking refuge from bullying and a space where they can be themselves. [...]

LGBTQ+ affirming charter school in Alabama survives one year2022-06-22T17:24:33+00:00

Public Charter Schools: Myth vs Fact

Public charter schools are tuition-free public schools that have the freedom to meet the unique needs of their students. In this video, we address three common myths you might have heard about these schools. Learn more about school choice at

Public Charter Schools: Myth vs Fact2021-08-31T22:48:29+00:00
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