Mike Petrilli


  • Accountability
  • Charter schools
  • Common Core
  • Federal funding
  • Federal policy
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • School choice
  • School reform

Mike Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country’s most influential education-policy think tanks. He is the author of “The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent’s Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools,” and co-editor of “Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core.” Petrilli is also a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and executive editor of Education Next. Petrilli has published opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg View, Slate, and The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and Fox, as well as several NPR programs, including All Things Considered, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show. Petrilli helped to create the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the Policy Innovators in Education Network, and Young Education Professionals. He lives with his family in Bethesda, Md.