Dr. Andrew Armagost is an experienced leader in education law, school finance and public policy with expertise in financial and quantitative analysis; legal research; drafting legislation; and policy development and review. He currently serves as the Director of Advocacy and Analytics at the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) and previously served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Education Committee in the Senate of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Armagost’s role at PASBO links together professional development, research, and advocacy efforts on behalf of PASBO’s members. Dubbed the “king of spreadsheets”, his research aims to innovate analysis for a vast array of school finance data and law. Serving as staff in the Senate of Pennsylvania, Dr. Armagost worked with members of the Education Committee in drafting legislation and developing and analyzing state education policy.
Educational leadership has been the cornerstone of his career, working with state legislators, school district administrators, attorneys, university professors, business leaders, and advocates. He has published work in school finance and education law, including a forthcoming book chapter as part of a 50-state publication that will provide detail and understanding to Pennsylvania’s various school funding laws and formulas for use by academics, policymakers, administrators and solicitors. He also co-authored several research articles, including: two book chapters on legal literacy related to charter school laws and ethical decision-making for urban school leaders; and a law review article in West’s Education Law Reporter analyzing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s reversal of decades old political-question doctrine in school finance litigation. His dissertation studied the role and use of fund balance in Pennsylvania school district budget decisions.
Dr. Armagost successfully completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the Pennsylvania State University in addition to earning his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and B.S. in Education and Public Policy from Penn State. He has been an active member of the Education Law Association and National Education Finance Academy since graduate school. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Dr. Armagost served as teaching assistant for two courses, including "Teachers and the Law," focusing on court cases ranging from First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment to contract and collective bargaining agreements. As an undergraduate student, he gained district-level administrative experience in policy development, working with a Superintendent to propose updates to school district board policies.During his graduate studies in educational administration, Dr. Armagost focused significantly on cross-disciplinary fields of education law, school finance and public policy and the intersection of these topics within the broader field of educational leadership. He has co-authored book chapters on legal literacy for urban school leaders and conducted research on the role and use of the fund balance in school district budget decisions. He is an active member of the Education Law Association and National Education Finance Academy. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Dr. Armagost served as teaching assistant for two courses, including "Teachers and the Law," focusing on court cases ranging from First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment to contract and collective bargaining agreements.
In addition to his graduate studies, educational leadership has been a cornerstone of his experiences working with state legislators, local school districts, attorneys, and university professors. As an undergraduate student, he gained district-level administrative experience in policy development, working with a Superintendent to propose updates to school district board policies. Currently, Dr. Armagost advises on numerous areas of education policy within early childhood education, K-12 education, career and technical education, and higher education.