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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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Michael Petrilli: Getting Wonky On The Democratic Candidates’ Education Ideas

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses Democratic candidates' ideas and proposals for education.

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Student Outcomes Have Improved In More Than Just Reading And Math

by Michael J. Petrillivia The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

As I indicated last week, I plan to spend the summer writing about whether our schools have improved over the past quarter-century or so—essentially the “reform era.”

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Betsy Devos And Other Naysayers Are Wrong: Student Outcomes In The U.S. Have Improved Significantly In Recent Decades

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Friday, June 14, 2019
Back in April, speaking in front of the Education Writers Association, Secretary DeVos said that decades of reform efforts and increased social spending, both inside and outside of schools, “hasn’t ultimately improved anything for any students, particularly not for the most vulnerable students.” It’s a standard refrain from DeVos, and many other reformers as well, when making the case that past efforts have failed and it’s time to try something different.
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Michael J. Petrilli: Data-Based Decision-Making Is Great, As Long As Data Are Not Only Test Scores

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how high-performing schools use all sorts of data—and not just test scores—to improve their instruction and outcomes.

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Betsy DeVos And Other Naysayers Are Wrong: Student Outcomes In The U.S. Have Improved Significantly In Recent Decades

by Michael J. Petrillivia The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Back in April, speaking in front of the Education Writers Association, Secretary DeVos said that decades of reform efforts and increased social spending, both inside and outside of schools, “hasn't ultimately improved anything for any students, particularly not for the most vulnerable students.” It’s a standard refrain from DeVos, and many other reformers as well, when making the case that past efforts have failed and it’s time to try something different. Even my friend Rick Hess, after acknowledging big gains in math achievement, has argued that “a fair assessment” of the past two decades of reform “would admit that there has been a lot of action, but not much in the way of demonstrated improvement.”

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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: The Benefits Of Having A Same-Race Teacher

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the following research "Student-Teacher Race Match in Charter and Traditional Public Schools."

 

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Teacher Diversity Is Yet Another Area Where Charter Schools Excel

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

As conservatives working in education, we find ourselves drawn to Chief Justice Roberts’s observation that “it is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” And along with Dr. King, we want to believe in a world where everyone is judged by the content of their character, not the color of the skin. As such, we tend to think that teachers should be hired based on the quality of their instruction and their fit with a school’s mission—not their race or ethnicity. So we’ve been skeptical, even uncomfortable, about efforts to “match” students and teachers based on their race.

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: Rural Schools And The Urban Bleed

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the struggles of rural areas to hold on to their brightest residents.

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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Education Leadership’s Gender Imbalance

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the Chiefs for Change recent report on the gender imbalances at the very top levels of educational leadership.

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The Results Of Florida’s Education Reforms Are Impressive. Their ROI Is Totally Off The Charts.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Florida is celebrating the twenty-year mark of the A+ Plan for Education, which brought accountability, parental choice, and evidence-based practices to the state’s schools. And to be sure, it’s an occasion worth celebrating, given the Sunshine State’s strong record of educational progress since then-governor Jeb Bush and his legislative partners ushered in the integrated suite of landmark reforms.

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