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Thomas Toch is the executive director of the AssociatioofIndependent Schools of Greater Washington and a leading national expert on education policy. He has taught at Harvard, spent three years at the prestigious Brookings Institution, served as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda GatesFoundation,andservedastheeducationcorrespondent at U.S. News and World Report for a decade. More recently, he co-founded the influential think tank Education Sector in Washington, D.C. Toch speaks and writes on a wide range of school and college topics. He has published two highly regarded books on education and has contributed to such publications as The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times. His work has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. [+]