Malcolm “Mike” Peabody recognized nationally

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Malcolm “Mike” Peabody recognized nationally
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Malcolm “Mike” Peabody recognized by the National Alliance

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Malcolm “Mike” Peabody, Founder and Board Member Emeritus of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) was honored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools as a 2017 inductee to its Hall of Fame. The Charter School Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations for their innovation, long-term commitment, and pioneering efforts in the growth of charter schools.

Mike Peabody has been a pioneer in Washington, D.C.’s school reform landscape for more than three decades.  Among his most notable contributions was founding Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) in 1996. FOCUS quickly became one of the most visible and aggressive voices in the city’s burgeoning charter school movement in the District, advocating for equal funding and fair access to city-owned buildings. Today, DC is one of the largest urban charter sectors with nearly 50 percent of public school students attending a charter public school. It has been designated the healthiest charter school movement in the country by the National Alliance for two years in a row.

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