Choice, Quality and Accountability in Public Education
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools is the statewide voice for charter schools with the stated goals of helping every charter school to become a high-performing public school, making charters synonymous with educational quality, and being recognized as a national leader in driving quality and accountability in public education
What we do
To support our mission, PCPCS:
- Advocates for reform-minded charter school laws;
- Promotes the public charter school movement;
- Fosters communication among its members to ensure that best practices and up-to-date information is shared among our schools and their staffs;
- Supports and assists its members in the development of their professional managerial skills and in the advancement of public charter schools;
- Establishes working relationships with other education reform organizations, professional organizations and government agencies seeking to improve the quantity and quality of educational choices for parents.
Executive Director: Robert Fayfich
Education Director: Jennifer Donohue
Office and Business Manager: Christine Roth
Director of Legislation and Policy: Dennis Giorno
Director of Public Relations: Ken Kilpatrick (MEDIA ONLY CELL CONTACT: 215-817-3095)
Counsel: Kevin McKenna, Esq.
Board of Directors
Our Board is charged with ensuring the long-term success of PCPCS and the charter school movement in Pennsylvania.
President: Lawrence F. Jones, M.Ed.
CEO, Richard Allen Preparatory School
Vice President: Dr. Linda Clautti
Chief Executive Officer, Urban Pathways Charter School
Treasurer: Wendy Ormsby
Founder & Officer, Souderton Charter School
Secretary: Joanne Barnett
Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
Darlene Callands Curry
President & CEO, Philadelphia BAEO
Founder, MaST Charter School
Pennsylvania State Director, Students First
Dr. James Hanak
CEO, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School
Dr. Katherine Merseth
Senior Lecturer on Education and Director of the Teacher Education Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Walter Palmer, Ph.D., Esq.
Leadership Learning Partners Charter School
Hon. Jeffrey Piccola, Esq.
Partner, Boswell, Tintner, Piccola
Our Leaders Council is comprised of charter school leaders who work to ensure that PCPCS provides the best possible support for our members; promotes networking and information-sharing among its members; and advocates for legislation to promote effective, high-quality charter schools.
The following are the current Leaders Council members:
|Lars Beck||Wendy Ormsby||Karen Del Guercio|
|Young Scholars||Souderton Collaboration||MaST Comunity|
|Scott Gordon||Maritza Robert||Gail Edwards|
|Master Charter Schools||Roberto Clemente||Urban League of Pittsburgh|
|Larry Jones||Karen Schade||Mike Gentile|
|Richard Allen Preparatory||School Lane Charter School||Keystone Education Center|
|Walter Palmer||Jim Smith||Anthony Pirrello|
|Leadership Learning Partners||Bear Creek Community||Montessori Regional|
|Dave Rossi||Dr. James Hanak||Joanne Barnett|
|Nueva Esperanza Academy||PA Leadership Cyber||PA Virtual|
|Larry Sperling||Linda Clautti||Mike Conti|
|Philadelphia Academy||Urban Pathways||PA Cyber|