Alice Opalka

Alice Opalka is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she works on projects related to portfolio strategy, cross-sector collaboration, system governance, and more. Before joining CRPE, Alice was an Education Pioneers Fellow in Los Angeles, an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator at a children’s literacy organization in Los Angeles, and a college access mentor with College Access Now in Seattle. Alice holds a BA in Environmental Analysis from Scripps College, and an MPA from the University of Southern California. 

08/2020
School Districts Across the Nation Plan for An Uncertain Year Ahead

This brief gives a snapshot from July 27-31 of how school districts across the country are currently planning for fall 2020.

08/2020
Getting Back to School: An Update on Plans from Across the Country

This brief gives a snapshot from August 17–21 of how school districts across the country are planning for fall 2020.

06/2020
Too Many Schools Leave Learning to Chance During the Pandemic

This brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

11/2019
A Middle Way for States in the ESSA Era: Lessons from Texas

The report examines the Texas Education Agency’s System of Great Schools (SGS) initiative, which calls on districts to manage school performance in new ways, expands access to school choice options, and takes a dynamic approach to managing their supply of schools....

10/2019
Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

Jul 13 2017

Robin Lake and Alice Opalka write on the importance of collaboration between school districts and charter schools in this piece for Education Next.

Jun 10 2020

A new brief summarizes our findings from a review of COVID-19 response plans of 477 school districts across the country.

Jun 15 2017

Robin Lake and Alice Opalka discuss the importance of cross-sector cooperation when it comes to replacing low-performing schools.