Michael Magee

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

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

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

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 Jan. 20, 2021

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Posted Jan. 20, 2021

I Don’t Know if Biden Can Heal This Nation, But a House Divided Cannot Stand

November 2016, I walked into my school building to students blocking their peers from coming through my classroom door. They said, “We’re building a wall,…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2021

As Grown-Ups Argue Over Reopening Schools, Chicago’s Kids Lose

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more…

By Rob Samuelson

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