Richard Whitmire
Independent Author


  • Charter schools
  • Politics
  • Poverty

Richard Whitmire, a former president of the Education Writers Association, is the author of “The Founders: Inside the Effort to Invent (and Reinvent) America’s Best Charter Schools.” Previous books include “On the Rocketship: How High Performing Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope” and “The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District.” Whitmire also wrote “Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons From an Education System That’s Leaving Them Behind” and co-authored “The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools.” Whitmire is a former editorial writer at USA Today. He was recently a fellow at the Palo Alto-based Emerson Collective, and then at the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation.