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Michael J. Petrilli

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Mike Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country’s most influential education policy think tanks. He is the author of The Diverse Schools’ Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools and coeditor of Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core. Petrilli is also a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and executive editor of Education Next. Petrilli has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post Bloomberg View, Slate, and Wall Street Journal and has been a guest on NBC Nightly News,, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and Fox, as well as several National Public Radio programs, including All Things Considered, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show. Petrilli helped create the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, and Young Education Professionals. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.

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What Twitter Says About The Education Policy Debate

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Twitter will turn 10 next year, meaning it’s been a long time since it was the Internet’s shiny new thing. We now take for granted that it’s an important—if often vitriolic—platform for public policy debate, including the high-pitched battles over education reform.

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Top K-12 Education Policy Organizations And Media Outlets On Social Media 2015

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Friday, August 28, 2015

On Wednesday, I published the results of our latest ranking of top education policy people on social media. Now let’s look at organizations and media outlets.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Harbaugh Edition

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses education on the campaign trail, an appetite for gifted schooling, racial opinion gaps on testing, and how teacher expectations vary by race.

Analysis and Commentary

Top K-12 Education Policy People On Social Media 2015

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As I foreshadowed last week, it’s time for my annual list of top Twitter handles in education policy. Today we’ll look at the rankings for top people; later this week we’ll release the results for top organizations and media outlets.

Analysis and Commentary

Are High Schools Adequately Preparing Students For College Studies?

by Michael J. Petrillivia Quad-City Times
Sunday, August 23, 2015

The United States is blessed to have many excellent schools, including hundreds of fantastic high schools, such as those that recently received recognition from Newsweek. And our high schools as a whole deserve credit for helping to push America’s graduation rate to all-time highs.

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400-Plus People And Organizations To Follow On Twitter

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, August 20, 2015

It’s August, which means it’s time for my annual list of top Twitter feeds in education policy.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Data-Driven Edition

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the education policy summit, school integration, 2015's Education Next poll, and higher education's effect on Hispanic and black wealth.

Analysis and Commentary

What The Republican Presidential Contenders Should Be Saying About Education

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On Wednesday, Campbell Brown and the American Federation for Children will host an education policy summit in New Hampshire with at least six of the GOP presidential contenders. (A similar forum among Democratic candidates is scheduled for October in Iowa.) Here’s what I hope they will say.

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Why The New ESEA Won’t Embrace “Tight As To Results, Loose On How To Achieve Them”

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Last week, Bellwether Education Partners analyst (and Obama administration alumnus) Chad Aldeman pointed out that I’ve changed my views on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 2011. He’s absolutely right. What’s perplexing is why he would find this surprising.

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Michael Petrilli: The Donald Edition

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses insolvent districts, alleged teacher shortages, NOLA’s ed reforms, and the market’s effect on teacher effectiveness.

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