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About the Board
About the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board
 
Mission
The Board’s mission is to provide quality public school options for DC students, families, and communities through:
  • A comprehensive application review process;
  • Effective oversight;
  • Meaningful support; and
  • Active engagement of its stakeholders.
Vision
The Board’s vision is to lead the transformation of public education in DC, and serve as a national role model for charter school authorizing and accountability.
 

DC’s Charter Law
The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) was created in 1996 by an amendment to the DC School Reform Act of 1995 as a second, independent authorizer of public charter schools. In 2006, the DC Board of Education (BOE), which had served as the first charter authorizer since 1996, voted to relinquish its authorizing responsibilities.

DC’s Only Charter School Authorizer
The DC Council passed legislation in 2007 to give the DC Mayor direct authority over the traditional public school system, and to transfer the oversight responsibility for the charter schools previously authorized by the BOE to PCSB. PCSB became the sole authorizer of charter schools in the District of Columbia.
 
PCSB regularly evaluates DC public charter schools for academic results, compliance with applicable local and federal laws and fiscal management, and holds them accountable for results. PCSB can close charter schools that fail to meet the goals established in the charter agreement between PCSB and the school.
 
Current Members of the DC Public Charter School Board
 

John "Skip" McKoy
Chair
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Vice Chair
Barbara Nophlin



Herbert Tillery
Sara Mead

Don Soifer









Past Members of the D.C. Public Charter School Board
2001 2002
2003
Josephine Baker, Chair Josephine Baker, Chair Thomas P. Loughlin, Chair
Thomas P. Loughlin, Vice Chair Thomas P. Loughlin, Vice Chair Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Hope Hill, Ph.D. Hope Hill, Ph.D. Hope Hill, Ph.D.
Joseph F. Horning Joseph F. Horning Joseph F. Horning
Dora Marcus, Ph.D. Dora Marcus, Ph.D. Thomas Nida
Beatriz "BB" Otero Beatriz "BB" Otero Vacant
J.B. "Bernie" Walker J.B. "Bernie" Walker Vacant



2004
2005
2006
Thomas P. Loughlin, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph,D., Vice Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Hope Hill, Ph.D.
Anthony Colon
Anthony Colon
Joseph F. Horning
Hope Hill, Ph.D.
Will Marshall
Thomas Nida
Will Marshall
Lawrence Patrick, III
Vacant
Lawrence Patrick, III Vacant
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant



2007
2008
2009
Thomas Nida, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Thomas Nida, Chair
Dora Marcus, Ph.D., Chair
Anthony Colon, Vice Chair
Brian Jones, Vice Chair
Anthony Colon
Brian Jones
John McKoy
Will Marshall
Karl Jentoff
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Lawrence Patrick, III
Will Marshall
Will Marshall
Karl Jentoff
Lawrence Patrick, III
Don Soifer
Brian Jones
Dora Marcus, Ph.D.
Dora Marcus, Ph.D.
Ariana Quinones-Miranda*





2010
2011
2012
Brian Jones, Chair
Brian Jones, Chair
Brian Jones, Chair
John McKoy, Vice Chair
John McKoy, Vice Chair
John McKoy, Vice Chair
Don Soifer
Don Soifer
Don Soifer
Sara Mead
Sara Mead
Sara Mead
Emily Bloomfield
Emily Bloomfield
Emily Bloomfield
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D.
Will Marshall
Vacant
Vacant



2013

John McKoy, Chair

Darren Woodruff, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Emily Bloomfield

Sara Mead

Don Soifer

Herbert Tillery 
Barbara Nophlin 

*Resigned from role