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Kenneth Campbell, National Expert on Quality Charter School Policy, is Poised and Ready to Lead IDEA Southern Louisiana

IDEA Public Schools will open four schools in Baton Rouge in 2018.  IDEA’s Southern Louisiana region will be led by Kenneth Campbell, a native of Biloxi, Mississippi who has lived in Louisiana for the past 9 years. Kenneth is a respected education leader in the Baton Rouge community.   

As executive director of IDEA Southern Louisiana, Kenneth will focus on working closely with the Baton Rouge community, enrolling students, recruiting high-quality teachers, leaders and staff, and securing future school sites. 

“We’re ready to raise public charter school expectations in Louisiana and provide additional high-quality school options for families,” Kenneth said. 

IDEA Public Schools looks to model the positive impact a high-quality public charter network can have on the community by offering a life-changing education to children in the community, regardless of race, gender, or income.

“What I love most about working with IDEA is the people,” Kenneth noted.  “From top to bottom, IDEA Public Schools is an organization full of talented, passionate, and relentless educators dedicated to preparing students for the road to and through college.” 

Kenneth, who has spent recent years working toward educational inequity via large-scale legislation, looks forward to continue deepening relationships with the kids and families of southeast Louisiana, a region he’s proud to call home. 

About Kenneth

Kenneth brings decades of experience creating exceptional education opportunities for children to his position at IDEA. Most recently, he served as the President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Inc. (BAEO), which is one of the leading education reform advocacy organizations in the nation. Under Kenneth’s leadership, BAEO played a key role in advancing bold education policy reforms in key states and helped to change the narrative about education reform and parental choice in the Black community nationwide. Kenneth’s proven commitment to children – all children – makes him a perfect fit for IDEA Public Schools.

Prior to BAEO, Kenneth worked as the Director of Charter Schools for the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). In this role, he was responsible for leading the effort to develop many of the post-Katrina systems, policies and best practices that created a high-quality charter sector in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. His experience and expertise as a former authorizer is widely recognized and highly coveted, and Ken routinely advises organizations such as the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the Center on Reinventing Public Education, and the 100 Black Men of America.

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