They have internet access in Siberia!
Hi, my name is Andy. It’s been a while, so please allow me to introduce myself. I’ve got a feeling that with the proliferation of bloggers and tweeters since my departure, a quick recap is in order.
When we first met, I was a relatively recently married young guy with no kids, living a quiet, happy life near Annapolis, Maryland. I used to do a little education policy stuff here and there. Then I took a break, and did a bit of thinking and research for a couple organizations, including here at TBFI. Spent lots of time at coffee shops with a laptop and headphones.
I also had this small side project that took a little time and is finally about to bear some fruit.
So, if you don’t mind, allow me to reintroduce myself.
I’m now a thirty-six-year-old father of three, including a two-year old and four-month-old twins. I have a minivan. I wash a lot of bottles. I am told by a little voice at my knee every time a truck drives by. Or the mailman. I’m also excellent at reading books by Jez Alborough.
But back to the interregnum.
I helped totally reorganize and re-staff a massive bureaucracy; launch a performance-based teacher-evaluation program; earn and spend Race to the Top 3 funds; negotiate a massive, unexpected tenure-reform law, begin Common Core implementation, earn a federal waiver from ESEA, win a big federal charter-schools grant, try to rationalize state-school funding, and prepare for online-common assessments.
I witnessed firsthand the utter dysfunction of urban districts, learned to appreciate more than ever before the folly of school turnarounds, oversaw the fifth-largest charter-authorizing body in the nation, helped streamline the entirety of the state’s education-regulatory code, attracted high-performing school operators to the state, closed a bunch of lousy charters, got sued regularly by reform opponents, was regularly insulted by people I’d never met and charged with all types of unseemly things.
So, I can’t promise anything. But maybe, just maybe, I might have a thing or two to write about in the days to come.
Honestly, it’s a strange and wonderful feeling being back behind the wheel of Flypaper. In some ways it seems like a lifetime ago that I was blogging here. But in other ways it feels like I never left. Let’s just pretend we never parted ways.
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Michael J. Petrilli
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Mike Petrilli is one of the nation's foremost education analysts. As executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, he oversees the organization's research projects and publications and contributes to the Flypaper blog and weekly Education Gadfly newsletter.
June 13, 2013
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