About the Author
The Authors: Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute as well as Executive Editor of Education Next.
His many books include Common Sense School Reform
(2004), Spinning Wheels
(1999/2004), Revolution at the Margins
(2002), and A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom
(2004). He is a faculty associate of the Harvard University Program on Education Policy and Governance. A former high school social studies teacher, he holds an M.Ed. in teaching and curriculum and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
Michael J. Petrilli is Vice President for National Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, a Washington-based school reform organization. He served as a Bush administration appointee in the U.S. Department of Education (2001-2005), where he helped coordinate No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB) public school choice and supplemental services provisions and oversaw discretionary grant programs for charter schools, alternative teacher certification, and high school reform. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Education Next, Education Week, The Public Interest,
and other venues. He holds a B.A. in political science and a teaching certificate in secondary social studies from the University of Michigan.