The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education.

Research & Analysis
Network of Civic and Education Leaders
Evidence-based ideas

Portfolio Strategy

CRPE formulated the portfolio strategy as a problem-solving framework through which education and civic leaders develop a citywide system of high-quality, diverse, autonomous public schools. It moves past a one-size-fits-all approach to education. It puts educators directly in charge of their schools, empowers parents to choose the right schools for their children, and focuses school system leaders on overseeing school success. The goal of the strategy is to ensure that every student has access to high-quality learning options.

Our analyses help cities—and the states that set the rules for them—develop flexible but rigorous methods of public oversight, implement and test them, and continuously learn from experience. We document successes and failures and suggest next steps. We also convene the Portfolio Network, a group of civic and education leaders in over 45 cities to help them learn from one another.

District-Charter Collaboration

Education leaders in 21 cities have signed collaboration agreements, designed to foster productive relationships between school districts and charter schools. Working to share resources and best practices, and committing to equity and common accountability, these leaders aim to improve outcomes for all of the students in their cities. CRPE studies and supports this cross-sector work, tracking progress on agreements, reporting on local political, legal, and financial barriers to collaboration, and facilitating networking and problem-solving between cities.

Making School Choice Work

In many cities, school choice is complex, with district, charter, and state agencies overseeing schools, sometimes all within the same city. In places with multiple public school options, how can civic and education leaders create a choice system that works for all families?

We are conducting a multi-year research project that includes case studies, parent surveys, and interviews with policymakers and school and community leaders in “high-choice” cities to identify challenges like uneven school quality and lack of transportation. We're also studying promising solutions such as common enrollment and common accountability systems, as well as parent information programs, to learn what works and what needs to be refined.

Educational Opportunity in Urban America: How Schools Measure Up

CRPE has compiled the nation’s first comprehensive look at educational performance, equity, and improvement across district and charter sectors in 50 cities. Looking across nine key indicators of progress, we seek to address two questions: How well are the schools in these cities doing overall? And, how well are they doing for students from low-income households and students of color, who make up a majority of the public school population?
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