David Hornbeck

David Hornbeck is President of Prepare The Future, a national grassroots advocacy effort supporting quality public education for all children, especially poor children, children of color, children for whom English is not a fist language and children with disabilities. The initial states of operation are Ohio and California. After spending most of his career as an educator, he realizes that the absence of public will supporting a quality education for all children, not education issues, is the biggest missing ingredient in school reform.


  • Juris Doctor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary
  • Diploma in Theology, Oxford University
  • BA, L.L.D., Austin College

Research Interests and Selected Publications

Choosing Excellence in Public Education, Where There's A Will There's A Way (2009), Rowman and Littlefield (co-author with Katherine Conner)

Professional Associations and Service

Mr. Hornbeck previously served as Philadelphia’s Superintendent of Schools, Maryland’s State Superintendent of Schools, Pennsylvania’s Executive Deputy Secretary of Education, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, an architect of Kentucky’s education reform law KERA, a partner in the law firm of Hogan and Hartson, Co-director of the National Alliance for Restructuring Education, Senior Education Advisor to the Business Roundtable and Deputy Counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania, He has chaired the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Children’s Defense Fund, Council of Chief State School Officers, Good Schools Pennsylvania and the Public Education Network,  Mr. Hornbeck served as chair of the Carnegie Corporation’s commission that produced Turning Points and chair of the National Chapter I Commission.

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