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Q&A with Andy Smarick

In a complex space filled to the brim with emotion, fierce dedication and debate, Smarick provides thought leadership grounded in extensive experience and thorough research. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pick his brain about some of the most involved issues of today’s K-12 education world.



If you follow the education reform movement, you’re likely familiar with Andy Smarick. If you’re not, here’s your chance to get to know him. Author of  The Urban School System of the Future Partner at Bellwether Education and Senior Policy Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Smarick explores ways to improve educational opportunities for high-need students across the nation. In a complex space filled to the brim with emotion, fierce dedication and debate, Smarick provides thought leadership grounded in extensive experience and thorough research. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pick his brain about some of the most involved issues of today’s K-12 education world. Read on to learn more about Smarick’s insights on the (necessary) complexity of teacher evaluations, the potential impact (or lack of impact) of the Vergara lawsuit and what it will take to make the biggest educational gains for low income families.