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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

The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy (Crowdsourced Edition)

On Monday, I published my annual list of the top education policy twitter feeds. It hit a nerve. And for that, I’m grateful, because I immediately heard from the twitterverse that I overlooked some important people.

Pulling the Parent Trigger

Education Next talks with Ben Austin and Michael J. Petrilli

Tweet Thine Enemy

How “narrowcast” is the education policy debate?

The 30 Top Education Policy Tweeters, 2012

Arne Duncan assumes the throne as Education Policy Social Media King

What Kevin Carey Didn’t Say about Diane Ravitch, but Should Have

As everyone knows, Kevin Carey has a long essay in The New Republic about Diane Ravitch’s apostasy of the education reform movement, much of it fair and on point.

Responding to Diane Ravitch, Randi Weingarten, & Others on Education, Democracy, and Unions

The solution is not to abandon democracy, but to consider whether different iterations of it might work better than others.

All A-Twitter about Education

Improving our schools in 140 characters or less

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