Public Charter School Board

Washington, DC
Education, Public Safety, and Justice

Total public member:                7          

Method of Appointment:           Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council         

Length of Appointment:           4 years

Residency:                               Strong preference for DC residents from all 8 wards

Paid board:                              No (all roles are voluntary)


DC PCSB is an independent government agency of the District of Columbia, created in 1996, led by a volunteer seven-member board. As the sole public charter school authorizer in our nation’s capital, we provide oversight to 133 public charter schools which are managed by 68 independently run nonprofit organizations called local education agencies. These schools educated 43,857 students in school year 2020-21, nearly half of DC’s public school students.   To learn more about PCSB, please visit here.

Appoint this appointment:

There is established within the District of Columbia Government a Public Charter School Board (in this section referred to as the “Board”). The Board shall consist of 7 members, appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council.   Mayor Bowser nominates members to the board; nominations are confirmed by the Council of the District of Columbia   


Members shall be selected so that knowledge of each of the following areas is represented on the Board:

  1. Research about and experience in student learning, quality teaching, and evaluation of and accountability in successful schools;
  2. The operation of a financially sound enterprise, including leadership and management techniques, as well as the budgeting and accounting skills critical to the startup of a successful enterprise;
  3. The educational, social, and economic development needs of the District of Columbia; and
  4. The needs and interests of students and parents in the District of Columbia, as well as methods of involving parents and other members of the community in individual schools.

Terms of members. —

  1. Members of the Board shall serve for terms of 4 years,
  2. Reappointment. — Members of the Board shall be eligible to be reappointed for one 4-year term beyond their initial term of appointment.
  3. Independence. — No person employed by the District of Columbia public schools or a public charter school shall be eligible to be a member of the Board or to be employed by the Board.


Time commitment:  

The Board meets monthly.

If you are interested in an appointment to this board, please complete the appointment application. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the opportunity.


To be considered, please complete this application and upload the following attachments: bio, resume and photo headshot    After items are submitted the process includes a review of submission by MOTA and potentially one or more discussions/interviews before final determination.



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