Jul 10, 2019
A Memphis education advocacy organization born out of a national group is shutting down at the end of the month after three years.
Campaign for School Equity spun off from the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a now-defunct national nonprofit, in 2016 to build student advocacy and community organizing around education issues.
Mendell Grinter, the group’s founder, said the organization had trouble securing long-term funding and cited a recent death in his family in Kentucky as reasons to close.
“When we launched CSE in 2016, we did so with one overarching goal: to ensure that students of color and their families in Tennessee had access to high-quality education choices, and to unite communities to leverage their voices for change,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done on behalf of students in Tennessee these past three years.”