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Buried Treasure: It Takes a City

Apr 3 2014

Ashley Jochim explores the book's still timely political lessons on implementing and sustaining urban school reforms.

Buried Treasure: High Schools With Character

Mar 26 2014

Michael DeArmond explains how this 1990 report moved him from thinking about the classroom to thinking about the bigger picture, and led him to CRPE, where the report's underlying issues still drive much of our work.

Smart Regulation for Strong Schools

Mar 21 2014

Robin Lake shares lessons from the financial world that are relevant for how we oversee and regulate schools.

School Facilities Shouldn’t Be Political Spoils

Mar 13 2014

Control over school facilities is a powerful but easily misused governance tool, writes Paul Hill, and he's got a remedy.

Shouldn’t Principals Speak for Their Schools? A New Approach

Mar 7 2014

In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.

Wait, Who Chooses My Kid’s School?

Feb 25 2014

Betheny Gross discusses the benefits and challenges of universal enrollment systems in cities with a high degree of school choice.

Shortsighted board action in L.A.

Feb 14 2014

Robin Lake questions the reasons behind the L.A. school board's decision not to renew two Aspire Public Schools charters.

What Does It Mean to ‘Engage’ the Public?

Feb 6 2014

Christine Campbell recaps Howard Fuller's message to the Portfolio School District Network about public engagement

A Tale of Two (Charter) Cities

Jan 27 2014

Robin Lake cautions against celebrating school choice as an end in itself, as Detroit and other cities show that unregulated school choice is a nightmare for parents and very difficult to fix.

Columbus Children Falling Through the Cracks

Jan 21 2014

Paul Hill comments on the recent charter school debacle in Columbus, Ohio, and the need for a new, community-wide K-12 governance system.

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