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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

Arrested Development

Online training is the norm in other professions. Why not in K–12 education?

Opinion Leaders or Laggards?

Newspaper editorialists support charter schools, split on NCLB

Wikipedia or Wickedpedia?

Assessing the online encyclopedia’s impact on K–12 education

Let’s Talk About It

Talk radio’s take on K–12 education

Teacher’s Little Helper

New technologies target teacher performance

Testing the Limits of NCLB

Implementation is not the problem

The Key to Research Influence

Quality data and sound analysis matter, after all

No Business Like Show Business

Hollywood and Hip-Hop Discover Charter Schools

Misdirected Energy

Schools get an A in resisting reform.

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