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. 21, 2022

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By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

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