About the Author
Richard Whitmire is a senior education fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He is a former fellow of the Palo Alto-based Emerson Collective, where he spent a year traveling and writing about charter school innovations. Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and regular contributor to The 74, is a former editorial writer at USA Today. He is the author of On the Rocketship: How Top 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 Educational System That’s Leaving Them Behind and coauthored The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools. Whitmire, who is a member of the board of contributors at USA Today, is a former president of the National Education Writers Association. Check out his blog at richardwhitmire.com.