About the Author
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.