As the founding president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (2005-2018), Darrell Allison worked to reform and redefine K-12 education. His work, focused on expanding educational opportunity for all children, is based on a fundamental premise: Parents, regardless of address or income, should be free to choose the best school for their child. Darrell’s belief in the power of parental school choice has served as a catalyst for building bipartisan alliances that promote and effect legislative change.
As a results-driven reformer, Darrell has also pushed to increase school choice access and resources for families. In 2012, he launched the North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator, an innovative schools project to create and sustain new public charter schools in underserved communities. In 2016, Darrell led the development of PEFNC’s location-based school choice web application, NCSchoolsAroundMe; the app provides parents with critical school report card data and customized information about their private and public charter school options.
A former White House intern, Darrell graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law and, in 2013, was honored as an Education Reformer to Watch by the Walton Family Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina System which oversees 16 university campuses serving nearly 250,000 students.