Richard Whitmire

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    Richard Whitmire is a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today. He is author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Education System That’s Leaving Them Behind (Amacom, 2010); The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District (Jossey-Bass, 2011); and The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools with Gaston Caperton (The College Board, 2012). His latest book, On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools Are Pushing the Envelope (Jossey-Bass, 2014), follows leading charter school network Rocketship through a challenging school year to discover the key factors in its success and explore the ongoing challenges to its expansion. The book looks also at the national charter school scene, focusing on high-performing charter schools in such cities as Denver and Houston. For more information, visit the author's website at


What’s Holding Back the Growth of the Best Charter Schools?

An excerpt from The Founders by Richard Whitmire

Ed Reform Battle in Los Angeles

Conflict escalates as charter schools thrive

FALL 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 4

More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters

A political game changer for public school choice?

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

Inside Successful District-Charter Compacts

Teachers and administrators collaborate to share best practices

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Audio Excerpt: Why Boys Fail by Richard Whitmire

Podcast: An audio excerpt from Richard Whitmire’s new book “Why Boys Fail”

Gender Gap

Are boys being shortchanged in K–12 schooling?

Spring 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 2