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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 visiting 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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The Excellence Gap And Underrepresentation At America’s Most Selective Universities

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Last fall, I wrote about the gender gap in America’s universities and argued that its primary cause is what was happening—or not—in our elementary schools.

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: Social-Emotional Learning Doesn’t Have A Hidden Agenda

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks with Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and senior visiting fellow at the Fordham Institute, concerning his wariness about social-emotional learning but rebuts the claim that it’s a “Trojan horse” for critical race theory.

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Michael Petrilli: The Pod On (Pandemic) Pods

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks with Ashley Jochim, a principal at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, about her research on pandemic learning pods, what parents and educators liked about them, and whether they might outlive the Covid emergency.

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Healing Pandemic Scars

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The “COVID generation” of students will require our full attention for years to come.

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Michael Petrilli: Education Gadfly Show

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses America’s progress (and the lack thereof) on the teacher effectiveness front over the past two decades.
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Michael Petrilli: Biden Administration Considers Student Debt Cancellation

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia WTTW News
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses student debt forgiveness.
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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks with Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion, and co-managing director of the organization of the same name, about his forthcoming book, Reconnect: Building School Culture for Meaning, Purpose, And Belonging.

Analysis and Commentary

Petrilli, Griffith, Rosenkrans: Gov. Murphy, Listen To The Evidence And Let Newark Charters Expand

by Michael J. Petrillivia NJ Education Report
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

How many of Newark’s students deserve a spot in one of the city’s seventeen publicly-funded and generally high-performing charter schools?

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: Want Kids Back In School? Make Sure They Feel Safe.

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses Imperfect Attendance: Toward a fairer measure of student absenteeism, the notion of “attendance value-added,” and how improving school safety could help keep kids in class.

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how new regulations proposed by the Biden administration could stunt the growth of charter schools across America.

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