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Mike Peabody

President, Peabody Theoharis Management

FOCUS

HQ Phone:  (202) 669-8055

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FOCUS

1221 24th Street NW Suite 102

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, 20037

United States

Company Description

FOCUS provides the following support to groups that have been selected into the Application Consulting program: The FOCUS Charter Petition Template Extensive oral and written feedback on multiple drafts of each of the following charter application sections: ...more

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Affiliations

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Inc

Board Member


Issue One

Board Member


The Charter School Hall of Fame

Founder


Fund

Board Member


FOCUS

Chairman and Founder


DC Children First

Board Member


Student Support Center

Board Member


Friends of Choice

Founder


Department of Housing and Urban Development

Founder


Center for Student Support Services

Board Member


Training Grounds Inc

Board Member


New York State Commission

Executive Secretary


Mayor's Committee of Minority Housing for the Boston Renewal Authority

Secretary


Massachusetts

Civil Rights Advisor To the Governor


Education

Harvard Business School


Harvard College


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Hall of Fame Bios | FOCUS

Malcolm Peabody
President Peabody Theoharis Management Mr. Peabody's career has combined a successful real estate practice with work in public service and charitable institutions. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1952, and a short stint with a small business in Boston, he became the Executive Secretary of the New York State Commission Against Discrimination. Later he moved to Massachusetts where he worked in civil rights and housing, both at the city level where he worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority as a specialist in minority housing and at the state level where he was the advisor to his brother, Governor Peabody, on civil rights and low-income housing. In 1968 Mr. Peabody moved to Washington, D.C. where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Equal Opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in which position he launched HUD's first trial of housing vouchers allowing HUD clients choice in housing. This experiment led eventually to the current Section 8 housing allowance, which currently funds over one million low-income families who would otherwise be located in public housing. In 1973 he started a real estate development business in Washington, DC, which continues to the present time. For two decades, Mr. Peabody devoted considerable time outside his business to developing the Washington International School, where he was Board Chair for 11 years until 1995. In that same year, he founded Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), with the mission to establish the public charter school movement here in the nation's capital. Through FOCUS, he worked with others to pass the School Reform Act of 1996, which established the public charter school program in DC. DC's charter movement has just been cited as the best performing among the 43 states with charter schools for the second year in the row. The original charter school law for DC had no provision for financing facilities for schools, so in 1998 he worked with the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to amend the Act to add such financing, and later with the DC City Council to develop the funding formula that now provides over $3,000 per student, or over $100 million annually to the more than 39,000 charter students.


Hall of Fame | FOCUS

Malcolm Peabody
President


Washington State Northern Idaho Moose Association

Mike Peabody
grumpypeabody@hotmail.com


Magnolia Public Schools | STEAM Schools | STEM | Charter High Schools | Middle Schools | Elementary

Three charter school advocates - Greg Richmond of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Caprice Young of Magnolia Public Schools, and Malcolm "Mike" Peabody of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools - have been chosen as this year's inductees to the Charter School Hall of Fame, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced Thursday.
Malcolm "Mike" Peabody, founder of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), Washington, D.C. When Malcolm "Mike" Peabody talks about his nearly 30-year career advocating for charter schools, he first tells the story of his time working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1960s. That's because it showed him the power of giving choice to citizens: He helped develop a program that awarded public housing allowances for people to select the housing they preferred. "I'm coming from that concept of funding the people that I thought was so germane to progress," Peabody said. "I've followed it since." He lobbied for Newt Gingrich's School Reform Act in 1995, which brought charters into D.C. His proudest accomplishment, he said, was founding Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) in 1996, an organization that has strongly advocated for charter schools in D.C., fighting for equal funding and building space.


Board of Directors | DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Mike Peabody
Chairman and Founder, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools, (FOCUS)


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