This Biography Project is for education policy makers and for all who work in or care about America’s public schools.

Conversations With and About Mike

Education Policy and America's Public Schools

Susan Schofield, Oral Historian at the Stanford Historical Society: Palo Alto, California

I’m enjoying all of these installments and learning a lot about Mike Kirst’s work and influence.

About the Project

The purpose of this biography project is to make a fascinating man’s life and accomplishments come alive. Dr. Michael W. Kirst, while recognized in influential academic and policy circles, is generally unknown to those most actively engaged in American education in the trenches of the nation’s classrooms and local boardrooms, including teachers, principals, and school district leaders.

About the Author

Dick Jung first met Dr. Michael W. Kirst four decades ago. Mike, then Professor in the Schools of Education and Business, was completing his first year as President of California’s State Board of Education. During Jerry Brown’s first term as Governor, as Mike tacked between Palo Alto and Sacramento, Dick served as the Teaching Assistant for Mike’s Stanford “Politics of Education” course.

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