david p. hardy

David P. Hardy

Distinguished Senior Fellow

David P. Hardy is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation.

David is the Co-Founder and retired CEO of Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia charter school. Boys’ Latin, which opened in 2007 in West Philadelphia, is Pennsylvania’s first and only single-gender charter school. It has a student body that is 98 percent African-American and 74 percent economically disadvantaged. Blending classical studies with contemporary pedagogy, Boys’ Latin offers rigorous coursework and an extensive selection of extra-curricular activities including robotics, drama, entrepreneurship, mock trial, and ten varsity sports. In its first four graduating classes, Boys’ Latin sent 85 percent of its graduates to post-secondary education—80 percent of which attended four-year colleges. The school’s students matriculate into the finest colleges and universities in the nation including Pomona, Bowdoin, Carleton, Penn, UVA, and Penn State, as well as 13 of the 14 members of Pennsylvania’s state university system. Boys’ Latin added a middle school in 2013, increasing enrollment to 850 students to make it the largest 6—12 grade all-male school of any type in the region. Boys’ Latin has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NBC with Megyn Kelly.

After retiring from Boys’ Latin in 2017, David served as the Executive Director of Excellent Schools PA, a school choice advocacy organization. He also is the principal of a consulting practice, Parkway Educational Consultants.

David currently serves on the boards of the Center for Education Reform, the Pennsylvania State Coalition of Public Charter Schools, Independence Mission Schools, and Ad Prima Charter School, which he chairs. He is member of the Steering Committee for the Freedom Coalition for Charter schools and on the boards of the North Carolina Outward Bound School and the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center. David was a founding board member of the Philadelphia Schools Partnership and is a former board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).

David lives in Center City Philadelphia with his wife of 35 years, Zina Oliver-Hardy. They have two adult sons.

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Special Episode: School Choice with Andrew Campanella, Chairman and CEO of the National School Choice Awareness Foundation

  • David P. Hardy
  • January 15, 2024

In this special School Choice Report episode, host David Hardy and guest Andrew Campanella (Chairman and CEO of the National School Choice Awareness Foundation) explore different school choice options for…

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School Choice Report, Season 1 Finale

  • David P. Hardy
  • December 18, 2023

In our School Choice Report Season 1 finale, host David Hardy is joined by Ursinus College Associate Professor of Education John Spencer. Professor Spencer believes schooling ought to be thought…

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School Choice Report, Episode 22

  • David P. Hardy
  • November 27, 2023

In the latest School Choice Report, Commonwealth Foundation Distinguished Sr. Fellow David Hardy interviews Dr. James Woodworth, Research Fellow with the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). They delve into…

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To address the achievement gap, students need choice

  • David P. Hardy
  • November 27, 2023

Originally published at The Philadelphia Tribune To be sure, closing the achievement gaps in education — specifically, the ones that separate the poor from the wealthy and the students…

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Rigor. Standards. Responsibility.

  • David P. Hardy
  • November 20, 2023

Originally published in The Philadelphia Citizen This November marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of a lesser-known Black hero, arguably the most innovative educator of his…

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School Choice Report, Episode 21

  • David P. Hardy
  • November 13, 2023

Derrell Bradford is the president of ⁠50CAN⁠: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. He leads communications and policy, and trains and recruits local leaders across the country to serve…

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School Choice Report, Episode 20

  • David P. Hardy
  • October 30, 2023

Our guest in this episode is CEO and President of Pennsylvania Families for Education Choice Sharon Sedlar. She strongly believes that parents are uniquely qualified to make educational decisions for…

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School Choice Report, Episode 19

  • David P. Hardy
  • October 16, 2023

From working to expand tax credit scholarships to educating everyone from elected officials to parents on the benefits of school choice, Stephen (Steve) Bloom is a leading voice on one…

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Poorer children need the same choices as richer children

  • David P. Hardy
  • October 11, 2023

Originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette One evening, a young man needed help with his Algebra 2 homework, so he called the helpline for my school’s credit-recovery program. The…

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School Choice Report, Episode 18

  • David P. Hardy
  • October 3, 2023

What drives someone to take a stand for school choice when his or her peers pose fierce opposition? What are parents who want more educational choice saying to elected officials?…

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School Choice Report, Episode 17

  • David P. Hardy
  • September 18, 2023

Margaret “Macke” Raymond is the Director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) based at Stanford University. She has steered the group to national prominence as a rigorous…

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School Choice Report, Episode 16

  • David P. Hardy
  • September 12, 2023

Ryan Boyer is the business manager of Laborers’ District Council and head of the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council. It’s been written that he’s a no-nonsense operator in the…

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School Choice Report, Episode 15

  • David P. Hardy
  • August 28, 2023

Georgia State Representative and school choice champion Mesa Mainor made headlines across the nation when she left the Democratic Party after her party attacked her when she decided to stand…

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School Choice Report, Episode 14

  • David P. Hardy
  • August 21, 2023

We are excited to have CEO & founder of Q&A, co-founder of Venice Music, and school choice advocate Troy Carter join the show! Mr. Carter’s connections to Philadelphia strong,…

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School Choice Report, Episode 11

  • David P. Hardy
  • August 2, 2023

In this episode, President and CEO of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Keisha Jordan joins host David Hardy. Ms. Jordan is a dedicated nonprofit leader with 20 years of experience…

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School Choice Report, Episode 10

  • David P. Hardy
  • July 24, 2023

In this episode, host Dave Hardy interviews Pennsylvania State Representative Martina White. We find out the “why” behind her support of school choice, why the issue is important, and why…

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School Choice Report, Episode 9

  • David P. Hardy
  • July 17, 2023

What’s happening in Pennsylvania’s capitol? Why did Governor Shapiro renege on his handshake deal and outward support of Lifeline Scholarships? What should we expect in the days, weeks, and months…

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School Choice Report, Episode 8

  • David P. Hardy
  • July 10, 2023

In this episode, host Dave Hardy interviews Guy Ciarrocchi. Guy recently joined Commonwealth Foundation as a Fellow. They talk about the hottest topic of the day in PA – Lifeline…

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School Choice Report, Episode 7

  • David P. Hardy
  • June 27, 2023

Pastor Josh Robertson of The Rock Church in Harrisburg, PA joins our seventh episode of the School Choice Report podcast. He has an incredible story with valuable connections to the…

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School Choice Report, Episode 5

  • David P. Hardy
  • May 31, 2023

In this week’s episode of School Choice Report, host David Hardy welcomes Commonwealth Foundation Executive Vice President Jennifer Stefano. They discuss the recent mayoral primary in Philadelphia and what it…

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