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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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Checker Finn, Michael Petrilli, and David Griffith: Debating Biden’s Universal Pre-K Plan

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrilli, David Griffithvia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Hoover Institution fellows Checker Finn and Michael Petrilli as well as David Griffith discuss President Biden’s proposal for universal preschool.
Analysis and Commentary

Biden Can’t Seem To Decide Whether All Young Americans Need A Postsecondary Education. He’s Not The Only One Who’s Conflicted.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, May 6, 2021

At first blush, President Joe Biden’s proposals related to postsecondary education and job creation are a total mishmash, a bowl of spaghetti thrown against the wall. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that he and his team are not the only ones whose thoughts on students’ post-high school plans are tangled. Now’s a good time for some straight talk and clear thinking about what it means to help all of our young people succeed in early adulthood and beyond.

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Michael Petrilli: The Fight To Get Kids Back In Class Five Days A Week

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli and David Griffith talk to Clarice Schillinger, founder of Keeping Kids in School PAC, about her experience leading the movement for five-day-a-week, in-person instruction for Pennsylvania public school kids.
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Michael Petrilli: The U.S. Department Of Education’s Puzzling Take On Testing In 2021

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the Biden Administration’s flawed decision-making on testing waivers.
In the News

Indiana Poised To Open School Vouchers To Families Making More Than $100,000

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Indianapolis Business Journal
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Indiana lawmakers are poised to approve a significant expansion of what is already a broad private school voucher program, setting one of the highest family income ceilings in the nation.

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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: A Victory For Charter School Funding In Oklahoma

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how a recently settled lawsuit will boost charter school funding in the Sooner State.

Analysis and Commentary

An Ode To Elementary Schools

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, April 15, 2021

If I had to name the most important institution in American life, and the one with the most potential for changing the course of our country, it would be the humble elementary school. Especially the 20,000 or so high-poverty elementary schools in the nation’s cities and inner-ring suburbs, educating millions of kids growing up in poor or working-class families.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: The Pandemic’s Silver Lining: School Choice Victories In Statehouses Nationwide

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about a string of school choice victories in this year’s state legislative sessions.

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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Accelerating Learning Post-Pandemic

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses why schools should embrace acceleration over remediation when addressing students’ unfinished learning.
Interviews

Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: Accelerating Learning Post-Pandemic

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses why schools should embrace acceleration over remediation when addressing students’ unfinished learning.

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