We believe in Alabama’s children. All of them. Every child has a fundamental right to a quality school.

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Our mission is to support the growth of excellent public charter schools in Alabama to ensure that every child has access to a quality public education.

At New Schools for Alabama, we believe every child has a fundamental right to attend a quality school offering a safe, supportive, and academically-challenging environment. Unfortunately, abundant evidence shows that most low-income and minority children in Alabama today do not have access to such a school.

New Schools for Alabama was established to rectify this injustice. We will do so in an inclusive, collaborative manner, by recruiting high-caliber leaders to establish new schools in underserved communities and by fostering a policy environment that supports the growth of excellent charter schools in high-need areas throughout the state. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charity organization created to serve kids in Alabama.


 We support the growth of excellent charter schools in Alabama

by working within 4 Strategic Pillars.


New school development.

We recruit high-quality charter school operators and develop homegrown leaders to build great schools throughout Alabama.


Technical assistance.

We provide applicants and operators with expert guidance on technical needs such as developing an application, finding a facility, managing the back-office, and more.


Community Engagement.

We ensure that parents and communities have access to clear information about school quality and the benefits that other options may present.


Policy Advancement.

We work with policymakers and administrative agencies to ensure that the regulatory landscape is supportive of high-quality charter schools.


Khadijah Abdullah


Nick Gaede

Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP

Maria Kennedy

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

Richard Perry

DuPont (Retired)

Dave Borden

Aldridge, Borden & Company

Brian Hamilton

Trillion Communications Corporation

Miho Kubagawa

New Schools Venture Fund

Emily Schultz

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Carol Butler

The Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation

Charles Jackson

Auburn University - Montgomery

Dr. Jan Miller

University of West Alabama

Dr. Jeremiah Newell*

Accel Day & Evening Academy



Tyler Barnett is the founding Executive Director at New Schools for Alabama, the state’s first charter school support organization. At New Schools for Alabama, Tyler supports the growth of excellent public charter schools to ensure that every child in the state has access to a quality public education. He serves this mission by strategically cultivating and supporting high-quality school leaders, by advancing policies that foster positive conditions for charter schools, and by engaging community members in the movement.


Prior to leading New Schools for Alabama, Tyler served as the chief charter school development strategist for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, where he helped districts and charters alike leverage the state's charter school policies to adopt innovative models. He also served as State Policy Director for the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and he has worked in two state educational agencies—in the Missouri Department of Education as Director of the Office of Educator Quality and in the Illinois State Board of Education as an Education Pioneers Fellow. He began his career in education teaching high school English in Memphis City Schools with Teach for America.


Tyler Barnett


Tyler began his career in the classroom, teaching high school English with Teach For America. Before returning to Alabama with his wife and two daughters, he worked in multiple nonprofits and for two state departments of education.

Candie Price


In addition to founding a nationally-distributed magazine, Candie has led communications and PR strategy for numerous organizations. She is also a Teach For America alum, having taught in Birmingham City Schools.

Chris Reynolds


Chris is a CPA with an extensive background in charter school leadership, nonprofit management, and philanthropy. He has founded multiple high-performing charter school networks and supported the development of a national facilities funding strategy. 

Mike Brown


Mike is a school leader at heart, having been a school leader with KIPP, a principal at the Tennessee Achievement School District, and Chief Schools Officer with Freedom Preparatory Academy in Memphis. He also served as Executive Director of the Freedom Fellows Institute.