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Lynn Olson has written about public education in the United States for more than 20 years. A nationally recognized education journalist, she has won awards from the Education Writers Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the International Reading Association. In 2005, she won an award from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education for her outstanding contributions to education policy. She is the managing editor for special projects at Education Week, an independent, national newspaper that covers education in grades K–12; the executive project editor for Quality Counts, an annual report card on public education in the 50 states, published by Education Week with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts; and executive project editor for Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates, produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1995, she received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation of New York to write a book about the transition from school to work for America’s young people. The book, The School to Work Revolution: How Employers and Educators Are Joining Forces To Prepare Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1997. Lynn is a member of the board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. A graduate of Yale University, she lives in Maryland with her husband, Steve, and her two children.