Paul Hill

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Paul T. Hill is Founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Research Professor at the University of Washington Bothell. His current work focuses on re-missioning states and school districts to promote school performance; school choice and innovation; finance and productivity; and improving rural schools.

Dr. Hill’s ideas have profoundly impacted education reform nationwide, influencing the way that many scholars, policymakers, and education leaders think about how the U.S. public education system can be restructured. His development of the portfolio school district management strategy has directly shaped education reform initiatives in cities like New York and New Orleans, among others. He launched the Portfolio School Districts Project in 2008, and built a national network of district officials, mayors, foundations, nonprofits, and others pursuing the portfolio strategy. Dr. Hill has been a trusted advisor to many of the nation's leading superintendents, state chiefs, and governors; he works closely with city and state leaders facing the need to transform their urban public school systems, and is a frequent source of expertise for legislators and the media. He chaired the National Charter School Research Project and its Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel, as well as Brookings National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education.

Dr. Hill is lead author (with Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie) of Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools (University of Chicago Press, 1997). The book concludes that public schools should be operated by independent organizations under contract with public school boards, rather than by government bureaucracies. These ideas profoundly influenced the Education Commission of the States 1999 report, "Governing America's Schools." His books include A Democratic Constitution for Public Education (2014), Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools (2012), Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait (2010), Making School Reform Work: New Partnerships for Real Change (2004), Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education (2002), It Takes A City: Getting Serious About Urban School Reform (2000), and Fixing Urban Schools (1998). He is editor (with Julian Betts) of Taking Measure of Charter Schools: Better Assessments, Better Policymaking, Better Schools (2010), and editor of Charter Schools Against the Odds (2006). 

Before joining the University of Washington faculty, Dr. Hill worked for 17 years as a Senior Social Scientist in RAND’s Washington office, where he served as Director of Washington Operations (1981-87) and Director of the Education and Human Resources program (1979-80). He conducted studies of site-based management, governance of decentralized school systems, effective high schools, business-led education reforms, and immigrant education, and contributed to studies of defense research, development, and acquisition policy. As a government employee (1970-77), Hill directed the National Institute of Education's Compensatory Education Study (a Congressionally mandated assessment of federal aid to elementary and secondary education) and conducted research on housing and education for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also served two years as a Congressional Fellow and Congressional staff member. Dr. Hill holds a PhD and MA from Ohio State University and a BA from Seattle University, all in Political Science.

05/2019
California Charter Schools: Costs, Benefits, and Impact on School Districts

Three new briefs assess the impact of California charter schools on school districts.

11/2018
Local Governance for an Innovating System

This essay lays out a theory of integrated “light governance” of local schools, colleges, learning pathways, and special courses.

11/2018
Funding a Nimble System

This essay explores what it would take to ensure that personalized and weighted funding follows students across multiple learning experiences.

10/2018
The Uncertain Future of Teaching

This essay explores the need for new models that expand who works with students and differentiate teaching roles to a far greater degree.

01/2018
Unlocking Potential: How Political Skill Can Maximize Superintendent Effectiveness

This paper examines the characteristics of effective superintendents and offers guidance for current and aspiring district leaders as well as those offering superintendent training programs.

Date: Jun 18 2015
Where: The Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

CRPE's Robin Lake, Betheny Gross, and Paul Hill will be featured speakers at "The Urban Education Future?" - Lessons from New Orleans 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina conference, hosted by the Education

Date: Mar 26 2015
Where: Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Join CRPE's Paul T. HIll and Ashley E. Jochim as they discuss their new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education.

Date: May 13 2013
Where: Online

This webinar provides a deep dive into the portfolio strategy, the importance of school autonomy within a district context, and the conditions that make a district a promising choice for Carnegie Corporation of New York's "Opportunity by Design" initiative.

Date: Apr 28 2013
Where: San Francisco, CA

Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.

Date: Jan 19 2013
Where: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida

Paul Hill will be a key issue speaker at the 2nd Annual International School Choice and Reform Academic Conference, presented by the Journal of School Choice.

Jul 8 2019

Drawing from our 25th Anniversary essay collection, The 74 highlights eight of the biggest ideas and proposals CRPE presented about the next era of public education.

Jul 3 2019

Paul Hill and Robin Lake are quoted in this PolitiFact article on the history of busing.

May 30 2019

Paul Hill speaks with NPR's On Point about the four-day school week.

May 6 2019

Paul Hill is interviewed on NPR 1A about the four-day school week.

Apr 17 2019

Paul Hill is quoted in Times Higher Education about the four-day school week.

Aug 20 2019

The rapid movement of young college graduates into previously low-income neighborhoods opens up a new opportunity for effective integrated K–12 education.

Jul 3 2019

Paul Hill discusses the history of school integration and offers lessons learned about ways our school systems can better educate an increasingly diverse population.

Jun 10 2019

Paul Hill argues that the question of effects of charter growth on district schools and students is important enough to warrant thorough and objective study and that we should not settle for incomplete or cherry-picked evidence.

Apr 3 2019

Paul Hill urges reporters and analysts to make apples-to-apples comparisons when analyzing research on school outcomes. 

Feb 20 2019

In a look at Chicago's dramatic school improvements, Paul Hill argues that school autonomy distinguishes high-performing schools from the run of the mill.