Director of Policy Research
DegreesJ.D. from Beasley School of Law: Temple University
B.A. in History: Goshen College
David Lapp serves as RFA’s Director of Policy Research where he oversees a range of projects at the nexus of education research and policy. David leads RFA’s Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research (PACER) project, which is designed to inform state education policy discussions through rigorous, objective policy briefs. He recently directed RFA’s project to calculate the fiscal impact of charter school expansion in Pennsylvania and is currently leading a costing-out project, in collaboration with outside research partners, to estimate funding adequacy targets for Pennsylvania school districts. David joined RFA in 2016 after seven years as a staff attorney at the Education Law Center – PA, where he litigated cases and conducted policy research on a wide variety of legal issues related to public education, including student enrollment, school funding, race and disability discrimination, student discipline, and charter school law. At ELC, David also worked to help districts and charter schools revise their Student Codes of Conduct in order to minimize reliance on exclusionary discipline. He also helped create, train, and advise the Student Discipline Advocacy Service, a law student collaborative that provides pro bono assistance to students facing expulsion and disciplinary transfers in Philadelphia public schools. David recently taught education law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He received his JD from Temple Law School, which awarded him the post-graduate Conwell Community Corps Fellowship. Prior to practicing law, David taught high school social studies for a total of nine years in two different Philadelphia charter schools.