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.

Our mission: To reinvent the public education delivery model to prepare all American students to solve tomorrow’s challenges.

With an unwavering sense of urgency, our experts question conventional assumptions, challenge entrenched institutions, tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not, and formulate original ideas. We break through ideology to create valuable insights that inform, inspire, encourage, and drive action.

"CRPE operates at the nexus of research and practice—and that’s what makes it so valuable to policymakers and practitioners alike. The recommendations are clear, actionable, and rooted in real studies of what works, what doesn’t, and why.” –Joanne Weiss, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Since 1993, CRPE has offered a different lens through which to view the complex systemic challenges affecting public education. We’ve been focused on evidence, and on progress toward better outcomes for students. We develop, test, and support evidence-based solutions to address the most urgent problems in American public education.

CRPE leads the field in thinking about governance and envisioning a new system of public education for the future. We work closely with city and state leaders who are trying to transform schools in their communities. Our rigorous research and balanced analysis helps policymakers and community leaders understand how new school models, such as charter schools and technology-based schools, are performing and how they can be replicated. We have pioneered research on how funds are used within districts, and how different uses of money could permit innovation and increase children’s learning opportunities. We help leaders at all levels—federal, state, local, and the school—to understand costs and tradeoffs and to direct money where it is most needed.

CRPE is based in Seattle and affiliated with the University of Washington Bothell. Our work is funded through philanthropy, federal grants, and contracts.

"It’s hard to imagine the progress we have made improving public education in this country over the past 20 years without CRPE. They are a rare voice that has combined vision, intellectual honesty, and real-world practice.” –Greg Richmond, President and CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
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