Top Education Policy People and Organizations on Social Media 2017 – by Michael J. Petrilli

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After taking last year off, we’re back with our (mostly) annual look at who is dominating Twitter and other forms of social media in the education policy world. This exercise is inevitably unscientific and subjective, so please take it with a grain of salt. Still, the trends are always interesting and telling. And who doesn’t love a good list?

First, let’s cover the fine print: Keep in mind that these lists are limited to people who mostly comment on K-12 education policy (so not pre-school, and not higher ed). See our sidebar, “Other educators to follow,” for folks who mostly share ideas about teaching or ed tech, or mostly opine on politics. And see here for an explanation of Klout scores, which measure social media influence across a wide range of platforms. Klout scores and Twitter followers are as of August 20. Thanks to the Fordham Institute’s Anthony Nguyen for his heroic efforts in gathering all of the data. Any mistakes or omissions are my own.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the results.

Top Education Policy People on Social Media by Klout Score

2017 Rank Name Handle Klout Score 2015 Rank 2014 Rank Number of Twitter Followers
1 Diane Ravitch @DianeRavitch 82 2 2 143,866
1 Randi Weingarten @rweingarten 82 3 3 74,186
3 John White @RuralED 77 4 6,090
4 Xian Franzinger Barrett @xianb8 71 5 5 6,248
5 Patrick Riccards @Eduflack 70 9 13 82,219
5 Andy Smarick @smarick 70 7 8 18,376
7 Tom Vander Ark @tvanderark 69 48,837
8 Julian Vasquez Heilig @ProfessorJVH 68 9 6,368
9 Jose Vilson @TheJLV 67 6 7 23,542
10 Michael Petrilli @michaelpetrilli 66 12 16 28,098
10 Jonas Chartock @jonaschartock 66 12 24 16,284
10 Jason Bedrick @JasonBedrick 66 21 2,923
10 Politics K-12 @PoliticsK12 66 21 23 47,778
14 Lily Eskelsen García @Lily_NEA 65 18,137
15 Rusul Alrubail @RusulAlrubail 64 19 10,769
16 Joshua Starr @JoshuaPStarr 63 21 19,632
16 Anthony Cody @anthonycody 63 19 6 14,401
16 Arne Duncan @arneduncan 63 1 1 11,810
16 Chris Stewart @citizenstewart 63 7,435
16 John Bailey @John_Bailey 63 6,377
21 Alexander Russo @alexanderrusso 62 16 20 24,163
21 Dana Goldstein @DanaGoldstein 62 21,538
21 Libby Nelson @libbyanelson 62 21 23 14,426
24 Greg Toppo @gtoppo 61 25,501
24 Rick Hess @rickhess99 61 13,690
24 Caitlin Emma @caitlinzemma 61 10,969
24 Michael Horn @MichaelBHorn 61 9,671
24 Peter Cunningham @PCunningham57 61 8,844
24 Nate Bowling @nate_bowling 61 8,226
24 Peter Greene @palan57 61 16 5,018
24 Morgan Polikoff @mpolikoff 61 16 25 4,980

Top Education Policy People on Social Media by Twitter Followers

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10/03/2020 |

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2017 Rank Name Handle Number of Twitter Followers Klout Score 2015 Rank 2014 Rank
1 Diane Ravitch @DianeRavitch 143,866 82 2 2
2 Patrick Riccards @Eduflack 82,219 70