Michael Magee

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Guest Blogger

Chief Executive Officer, Chiefs for Change

Washington, D.C.

Michael Magee is the CEO of Chiefs for Change. Prior to working at Chiefs, he co-founded and was CEO of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA).

Before starting RIMA, Magee spent 12 years teaching American literature and philosophy at Haverford College, Wheaton College and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004, his book Emancipating Pragmatism, won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Studies.

In 2007, Magee went on hiatus from academia to help found and direct Mayor Daniel McKee’s Office of Children Youth and Learning in Cumberland, Rhode Island. In 2008, he and Mayor McKee founded RIMA.

He is a 2013 Pahara Aspen Education Fellow and a Walton Family Foundation “Education Reformer to Watch.” Magee has a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the College of the Holy Cross and holds a doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Posted May 18, 2016
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This Little Provision of ESSA Could Make a Big Difference for Low-Income Kids

A little-noticed provision in the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states to set aside funding to help schools…

By Michael Magee

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Posted Mar. 30, 2016
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We’ve Put It Off Long Enough, Here’s How We Have That ‘Better Conversation’

Educators in America are the children of a messy divorce. Over a period of 20 years, tens of thousands of…

By Michael Magee

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Posted Oct. 8, 2015
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These Fixes Can Yield Long-Term Results, Say Chiefs

In 2001, in a profoundly bi-partisan effort represented by President George W. Bush and Senator Edward Kennedy, Congress revised the…

By Michael Magee

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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