Every child has a

fundamental right

to a quality school.


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.


Low-income and minority students in Alabama face tremendous inequities in their educational pursuits.

Here's what we're doing to solve the problem.


About Our

Executive Director

Khadijah Abdullah - Teach For America Alabama

Dave Borden - Aldridge, Borden & Company

Carol Butler - The Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation

Nick Gaede - Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP

Maria Kennedy - The Daniel Foundation

Miho Kubagawa - New Schools Venture Fund

Dr. Jan Miller - University of West Alabama

Richard Perry - (retired) DuPont

Emily Schultz - National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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

Executive Director

Candie Price

Communications & Operations Manager

Chris Reynolds

Senior Advisor

Nivory Gordon

Policy Fellow



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