Scott Pearson

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board

Washington, D.C.

Scott Pearson is the executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB). Since joining DC PCSB in 2012, Pearson has implemented significant reforms in how the Board approves and oversees charter schools, making it a national model for charter school authorizing. Under Pearson’s leadership, DC PCSB has pioneered new strategies, tough and rigorous oversight and best practices that other authorizers around the nation are adopting.

Previously, Pearson served in the Obama Administration as the deputy of the office of innovation and improvement for the U.S. Department of Education. Also, he co-founded Leadership Public Schools, a network of college-prep public charter high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pearson has a long career in business. At America Online, he was responsible for acquisitions and strategic planning as the company’s vice president for corporate development. At Bain and Company, Pearson provided strategic management consulting services to clients in education, healthcare, media, and aviation.

He currently is the board chair of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA).

Pearson holds a bachelor of arts in history from Wesleyan University, a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a master’s in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Bottom Line: District and Charter Schools Can Work Together to Improve All Public Schools

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to shine a light on public charter schools. In Washington, D.C.,…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We’ve Considered Lots of Other Innovative Ideas. Why Not Unionized Charters, Too?

Chartering is in part about bringing a diversity of approaches to improving public schools. Working with unions is surely one viable, even attractive, approach.…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Sep. 11, 2017

Just Because Trump and DeVos Like Charter Schools Doesn’t Mean You Can’t, Too

A while ago school choice policies were gaining steam across the country. Charter schools and vouchers were still somewhat controversial, but more and more people…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Somehow, while managing a sprawling network of public charter schools serving 15,000 children, engaging in the day-to-day political combat of New York, and raising three…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

All the Black Kids Are Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

I attended a predominantly Latino grammar school. We were all friends for the most part—the Black students, Mexican students and the few White students that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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