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In-Depth Portfolio Assessment: Spring Branch Independent School District, Texas
March, 2015
Libuse Binder

This report examines Spring Branch Independent School District's progress on implementing the portfolio strategy.


Accountability and the Federal Role: A Third Way on ESEA
March, 2015
Linda Darling-Hammond, Paul Hill

In this paper, two different "camps" on school reform find common ground on how to improve educational accountability.


Title I: Time to Get It Right
March, 2015
Marguerite Roza, Robin Lake

This brief presents five clear principles on which Title I formulas should be based and progress measured.


Making Sense of Charter School Studies: A Reporter's Guide
March, 2015
Lydia Rainey

This guide educates the media and decision-makers about what questions to ask regarding charter school research, and provides them with information about the limits of any new research.


Principals: The Lead Communicators in the Portfolio Strategy
February, 2015
Paul Hill, Shannon Murtagh

This brief outlines how empowered principals can be assets for public engagement in school systems using the portfolio strategy.


An Evaluation of Denver's SchoolChoice Process, 2012–2014: Is the School Enrollment System Working for Families?
January, 2015
Betheny Gross, Patrick Denice

Published in coordination with A+ Denver, the report evaluates Denver's SchoolChoice enrollment system from 2012 to 2014.


The Politics of K-12 Education in Small Rural School Districts: The Case of Idaho
January, 2015
Sam Sperry, Paul Hill

This report was published by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho as part of their research on the challenges of rural education.


Special Education in New Orleans: Juggling Flexibility, Reinvention, and Accountability in the Nation's Most Decentralized School System
January, 2015
Lynn Schnaiberg, Robin Lake

This paper looks at new efforts to ensure special education functions effectively in New Orleans' full-choice public education landscape.


A Democratic Constitution for Public Education
January, 2015
Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim

In their new book, Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim offer a brilliant, simple, and distinctly American vision for revamping governance of our public K-12 education system.


A Blueprint for Effective and Adaptable School District Procurement
January, 2015
Tricia Maas, Robin Lake

This report outlines the problems districts face in procuring innovative goods and services, shows how other sectors have modernized procurement processes, and recommends ways to reform district procurement.

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