Who we are

Excellent Schools PA was founded on the belief that every student, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status, has the right to a high-quality education, that equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful adults.

We are motivated by the urgency of knowing that every day we do not advocate for change in our schools is another day lost for a student trapped in a failing school. We believe that a high-quality education can be delivered to students in many forms and that excellent schools exist in all sectors.

We believe in the power of exceptional educators to change the lives of their students, and the unparalleled impact an engaged parent can have on improving educational outcomes for their children and community.

Board of Directors

Luis Cortes

Founder and CEO, Esperanza

Chris Bravacos

President & CEO, Bravo Group

Tom Caramanico

President, McCormick Taylor, Inc.

Isaac Ewell

Founder, OneHunted

Mark Gleason

Executive Director, Philadelphia School Partnership

David Hardy

Founder & CEO, Boys Latin Charter School

Evie McNiff

Founder, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

Sharif El-Mekki

Founding Director, Center for Black Educator Development

Tony Payton

Lobbyist, David Scott Partners

Janine Yass

Co-Founder, Boys’ Latin Charter School

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