receives Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor
L. Fuller, distinguished professor of education and director of
the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, has been awarded
a Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education by the Thomas B. Fordham
Foundation. Fuller will receive the Prize for Valor, which is
given to an individual who has made major contributions to education
reform through noteworthy accomplishments, and a $25,000 cash
"Over the last two decades, he has become one of the nation's
most outspoken and effective advocates for educational choice
and one of its impassioned and consequential practitioners,"
the foundation said of Fuller. "He has fought the war of
ideas on the ground, advocating the expansion of voucher programs
and other educational options, especially in Milwaukee. Today,
thanks in part to his efforts, parents in that city have more
educational choices than anywhere else in America."
Fuller founded the Black Alliance for Educational Options in
1999, an organization of community activists and leaders who promote
a wide range of schooling options for low-income and minority
children. The organization has more than 2,000 members, and boasts
18 chapters in 13 states and the District of Columbia. It recently
won a $4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
to create 15 new high schools, and the organization has helped
broaden the parental choice agenda to include not just means-tested
vouchers but public-private partnerships, historic schools, cyberschools,
charter schools, black independent schools, and homeschooling.
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.,
is a nonprofit organization that undertakes research and public
policy programs that advance knowledge and reform in elementary
and secondary education.