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Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012
May, 2013
Robin Lake

This year's edition focuses on growth and innovation and pushes charter school leaders to consider whether they are fully using their flexibility and autonomy on behalf of students.

The U.S. Charter School Movement: Lessons for South Africa
September, 2012
Robin Lake, Tricia Maas, Betheny Gross

This report evaluates lessons from U.S. charter school legislation and implementations to inform South Africa and other countries about how to achieve the best possible results with charter school policies.

Managing Talent for School Coherence: Learning from Charter Management Organizations
June, 2012
Michael DeArmond, Betheny Gross, Melissa Bowen, Allison Demeritt, Robin Lake

This report examines how charter management organizations recruit, hire, and develop teachers, and how they manage teacher performance.

Learning from Charter School Management Organizations: Strategies for Student Behavior and Teacher Coaching
March, 2012
Robin Lake, Melissa Bowen, Allison Demeritt, Moira McCullough, Joshua Haimson, Brian Gill

This is the final report from The National Study of CMO Effectiveness, a four-year study designed to assess the impact of CMOs on student achievement and identify CMO structures and practices that are most effective in raising achievement.

Charter-School Management Organizations: Diverse Strategies and Diverse Student Impacts
January, 2012
Joshua Furgeson, Brian Gill, Joshua Haimson, Alexandra Killewald, Moira McCullough, Ira Nichols-Barrer, Bing-ru Teh, Natalya Verbitsky-Savitz, Melissa Bowen, Allison Demeritt, Paul Hill, Robin Lake

This report from the National Study of CMO Effectiveness provides key findings from the study on CMO practices, impacts, and the relationships between them. The updated report also examines longer-term impacts of CMOs on high school graduation and college entry.

Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2011
January, 2012
Robin Lake, Betheny Gross

The 6th annual edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality provides a clear roadmap for school districts and charter schools interested in working together to improve education options. The report explains the risks and technical challenges behind charter-district collaboration and provides...

Eliminating the Achievement Gap: A White Paper on How Charter Schools Can Help District Leaders
June, 2011
Robin Lake, Alex Hernandez

Drawing from the experiences of high-performing charter school networks, this white paper examines why districts struggle to close the achievement gap, what portfolio district leaders can find when they look outside the traditional system for gap-closing solutions, and how new schools are able...

How Do Charter Schools Get the Teachers They Want?
March, 2011
Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond

This paper examines charter school leaders' deliberate strategies to hire teachers who will boost student achievement and contribute to a thriving school culture.

Paying for Scale: Results of a Symposium on CMO Finance
January, 2011
Robin Lake, Allison Demeritt

In April 2010, the Center on Reinventing Public Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation convened a group of researchers and financial analysts to discuss how to better understand the financing and sustainability of CMOs. This report summarizes the conversation and main themes that...

The $500 Million Question
October, 2010
Robin Lake, Kevin Hall

This Education Next forum addresses what we know about the strengths and frailties of CMOs, what the future holds, and what promising alternatives might be. 


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