Michael Petrilli

Posted Oct. 2, 2017

Bad Schools Are Like Restaurants With Cockroaches, We Like Them Until We Discover the Cockroaches

When I sent my oldest child to school for the first time I wasn’t sure my wife and I had made the right choice. I…

By Lane Wright

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Posted July 13, 2017

Dear Betsy, You Need to Get Serious About Addressing Sexual Assault

Dear Betsy, I think you’re having kind of a tough time in your new role. You’ve got a non-existent relationship with the press, you were…

By Valentina Payne

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Posted Nov. 3, 2016

Here’s What You Missed at Our #EduPostChat: Are Charter Schools Really a Bipartisan Issue?

Yesterday, Education Post, in partnership with Education Reform Now, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, hosted an #EduPostChat…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Here’s the Trick to Becoming a Better Teacher on Your Own

As a high school English teacher, I was faced with a fundamental problem: Many of my kids weren’t actually reading the class material. Reading the…

By Eric Kalenze

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Posted July 15, 2016

Why I’m Not Voting for Donald Trump

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Education Post is non-partisan, and does not take positions in political campaigns. The political opinions of contributors should…

By Michael J. Petrilli

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Posted Apr. 1, 2016

VIDEO: A ‘Hammered’ History of the Federal Role in Education, Starring Rick Hess and Michael Petrilli

I never, ever find conservatives funny but these two guys really crack me up. They are so funny, witty, insightful and charming. And did I…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 10, 2015

Districts and Charters Help Kids When They Find Ways to Work Together

Mike Petrilli of The Fordham Institute has penned a piece for the Houston Chronicle about the value of districts and charters finding ways to collaborate and cooperate. He cites examples of cities like Boston and Cleveland where working together is making good things for kids happen and he calls on schools and school leaders in Houston to come out of their silos and do the same. The relationship between urban school districts and charter…

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Posted Dec. 2, 2015

Common Core is still, to quote the Bee Gees, ‘Stayin’ Alive’

Michael Petrilli of The Fordham Institute writes a piece making the claim (and loaded with fun gifs!) that, despite the narrative being pushed out by the anti Common Core crowd, the standards are alive and well. This is not only a fun read but it is very informative about what the goals of Common Core have always been and where they currently stand. Indeed, there’s every reason to believe that MCAS 2.0 is going to look much the same as PARCC…

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Posted Nov. 19, 2015

Fordham Institute’s Petrilli on Parental Choice

As a part of an on-going series on testing and parental choice at redefinED, Mike Petrilli wrote about what how education would look in an ideal world, and the problem with that kind of thinking: If I were king, that’s exactly how our system would work for the vast majority of schools. Every five or ten years, I’d ask them for reasonable evidence that they are one, safe and two, putting their students on a pathway to success. Meanwhile,…

By Education Post

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Posted Nov. 10, 2015

If Education Is Really About the Kids, We Have to Be Open to Self-Reflection

It is often said that the political battles in education are the nastiest of all, with ideology and special interests on all sides digging in…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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