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Bush administration funds voucher front group. (In The Capital).

The Bush administration has announced a partnership with the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), a group that advocates for religious school vouchers, to promote the president's education policies.

On Oct. 15, Department of Education Undersecretary Gene Hickok said the BAEO would receive a $600,000 grant to develop "an intense public information campaign" to inform parents about "choices" available under the Bush education plan passed by Congress in 2001.

According to a press statement released by the agency, BAEO will use the taxpayer money to launch a "full-scale media campaign" that will "use direct mail, television, radio, newspapers, the Internet and door-to-door visits."

The BAEO, formed in 2000, claims to be a grassroots advocacy group aimed at providing options for African-American families. Research has shown, however, that the organization's support comes from wealthy right-wing foundations that oppose church-state separation, including the Bradley Foundation and the Walton Foundation.
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Title Annotation:Black Alliance for Educational Options; George W. Bush
Publication:Church & State
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2002
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