American Federation for Children Executive Counsel Kevin P. Chavous Inducted into BAEO Hall of Fame

Recognized for dedication to providing children with access to educational options

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2013) – The American Federation for Children – the nation’s voice for education choice – congratulates Kevin P. Chavous, former D.C. councilmember and current executive counsel to the Federation, for being honored by the Black Alliance for Educational Options for his dedication to providing families in Washington, D.C. with access to educational options.

Chavous was inducted into the organization’s inaugural BAEO Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon current and former elected officials for their work in increasing access to high-quality educational options for minority and low-income students.

The award was presented to Chavous, along with fellow inductees Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams, and former Wisconsin State Representative Polly Williams at the BAEO Elected Officials Awards ceremony at the BAEO Symposium in Orlando, Florida on Thursday.

“I am extremely humbled to be honored for simply standing up for what is right – providing each and every student with the equal chance for a better education and ultimately a brighter and more promising tomorrow,” said Chavous. “The fight to provide low-income and minority families with access to high-quality educational options is far from over. We must continue to work hard – and work together – as a nation to ensure every child receives a good education.”

As the former chairman of the D.C. City Council’s Education Committee, Chavous led the charge to reform D.C.’s education system. He was instrumental in leading the charge for public charter schools in the District and worked closely with former Mayor Anthony Williams to shape the city’s three-sector education partnership with the federal government. Those efforts have resulted in more than $500 million in federal dollars since 2004 for D.C. public school improvement, public charter schools, and the highly successful D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, the nation’s only federally funded voucher program.