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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, co-editor of Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core, and co-editor of How to Educate an American. 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 to create the U.S. 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.

Published Articles & Media

DNA helix strand

A Utopian Gets Real About the Limits of Schooling

The Cult of Smart sends “educational equity” to the principal’s office.
Joe Biden speaks to reporters

How Charter Supporters Can Win Over Joe Biden

Remind Biden and his team of the real-life people that charter schools serve, people who are a key part of his coalition.
School Closed sign outside Churchill High School

Reopening Decisions Are Mostly a Matter of Trust

"Many low-income and working-class parents don’t trust their kids’ schools to keep them safe."
U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Steer Federal Stimulus Money to Poor Students

Fund direct services to individuals, not "schoolwide" Title I programs

The New Accountability Assignment

Post-Covid, judge schools based on what they ask students to read, write, and do, in addition to how much students learn.

David Brooks, Please Don’t Give Up on Education

The trap of confusing educational attainment with academic achievement.

A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

Assessing the impact of national standards

Stay the Course on National Standards

Forum: A Decade On, Has Common Core Failed?

Put “Whole Language” on Trial

The case against reading instruction that leads to illiteracy

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