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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: The Virus Isn’t Done With Schools

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the Delta variant’s likely impact on school reopening's this fall.
Analysis and Commentary

Three Hypotheses To Explain This Year’s Big Wins On School Choice

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

As has been reported and celebrated widely, the legislative sessions that just ended in many states brought great progress on the school choice front. According to the American Federation for Children, five states created new private-school choice programs this year, while eight jurisdictions expanded existing programs, and another two did both. 

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Michael Petrilli: Can Curriculum Reform Succeed Where The Rest Of Standards-Based Reform Failed?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Analysis and Commentary

Five pandemic-era education practices that deserve to be dumped in the dustbin

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, June 24, 2021

A crisis like a pandemic can spark unpredictable changes in trends and behavior, like widespread mask wearing in the United States. But it also can accelerate changes that were already underway but otherwise would have taken root much more slowly. For example, working remotely was a relative rarity in early 2020; now many organizations may never again expect all employees in the office five days a week. 

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Michael J. Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: The State Of State Standards For Civics And U.S. History

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hoover Institution fellows Checker Finn and Michael Petrilli discuss the findings in the following report "The State of State Standards for Civics and U.S. History in 2021."

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Michael Petrilli: Research Deep Dive: The Impact Of Urban Charter Schools

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the impact of urban charter schools on student outcomes—for those in both the charter and traditional public schools.
Analysis and Commentary

Commentary: Move To Trash

by Michael J. Petrillivia RedefinED
Thursday, June 10, 2021

A crisis like a pandemic can spark unpredictable changes in trends and behavior, like widespread mask wearing in the United States. But it also can accelerate changes that were already underway but otherwise would have taken root much more slowly.

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Michael Petrilli: Should Schools Offer A Virtual Option This Fall?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses whether New York City and other major districts should still offer a virtual option this fall.

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What’s Going To Happen To The NAEP Reading Test?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellows Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli discuss the current kerfuffle over the NAEP reading assessment.

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Michael Petrilli: Same Old, Same Old: How Districts Are Spending Federal Relief Dollars (So Far)

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Friday, May 28, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the latest trends in school district spending of federal relief funds.

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