Thomas Toch is an education policy expert at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Previously, he served as a senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and director of the foundation’s Washington office. He is a founder and former co-director of the think tank Education Sector, a former guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Toch helped launch Education Week in the 1980s, serving as a writer and as the publication’s co-managing editor. He was a writer and editor at U.S. News and World Report and has contributed to The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Monthly. His work has twice been nominated for National Magazine Awards and he is the author of two books on American education, In the Name of Excellence (Oxford University Press) and High Schools on a Human Scale (Beacon Press). Toch has been a guest commentator on education on such programs as the ABC Nightly News, Good Morning America, the CBS Morning News, Bloomberg TV, CNN, C-SPAN, Frontline, and National Public Radio. Toch earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Kenyon College and a master’s degree from the University of Toronto. He can be reached at,, and 202-487-5941.



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