Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer and consultant whose popular blog, This Week In Education, is hosted at the Scholastic.com web site. His writing has been published in Slate, The Washington Monthly, National Review Online, and numerous trade and general-interest publications. He has provided research and strategic analysis to the Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Commission on Entrepreneurship, among others. He has made frequent appearances on local and national NPR, PBS, and Fox News outlets.
Previously, Russo was a so-so classroom teacher in Los Angeles, an easily-distracted education researcher in Washington, and a shallow-minded education advisor to US Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Bingaman (D-NM) and former New York City School Chancellor Ramon Cortines. He received his BA from Stanford University and his Master's in Education Policy from Harvard University.
Russo has a second blog, District 299, covering Chicago schools, and he edited the 2005 book School Reform In Chicago (Harvard Education Press). He is a contributing editor for Catalyst magazine in Chicago, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.