As president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Darrell Allison continues to lead strategic efforts to redefine the meaning of public education.
To him, it means every parent, regardless of income or zip code, should have the ability to choose the educational model that best meets the needs of their children.
Darrell’s belief, coupled with his tenacity and experience leading community campaigns, has led to the passage of several parental school choice milestones in North Carolina.
These include eliminating the public charter school cap, the creation of a grant program that allows parents of children with disabilities to send their children to private schools, and the Opportunity Scholarship Program, a pioneering K-12 measure where private education is allowed as an additional option for many low-income families. All of these measures received bipartisan support.
For Darrell, how these accomplishments are reached is as important as the achievements themselves. His ability to build support from diverse communities for parental school choice legislation comes from his experience working with White House officials and congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, as well as a legal specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice. Under his statewide leadership, PEFNC has become North Carolina’s leading parental school choice organization with a membership base of more than 60,000 supporters.
Additionally, Darrell was honored as an Education Reformer to Watch by the Walton Family Foundation in 2013. This award recognizes individuals who create and advocate for high-quality educational choices for parents. As a reward, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina received a $10,000 grant to advance high-performing traditional, public charter and private schools in North Carolina. He was also honored as ‘A Diversity Champion’ by Partners for Developing Futures, a national nonprofit social venture investment fund. Darrell currently serves on the Board of Trustees for North Carolina Central University.
A former White House intern, Darrell graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and received his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.