Travis Pillow

Editorial Director

Travis Pillow is the editorial director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. He started his career as a journalist based in Florida’s capitol, covering politics, budgets, health care, and education policy for several online publications and Gannett newspapers. He later became editor of redefinED, a website chronicling the new definition of public education in Florida and elsewhere, and did other policy and communications work for Step Up For Students, the nonprofit that administers two of the nation’s largest private school choice programs.

03/2020
Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities

Two briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support...

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...

04/2019
Sustaining Improvement after State Takeovers: Lessons from New Orleans

This report examines how New Orleans education officials have managed the return of nearly all of the city’s public schools to the control of the local elected school board for the first time since the state takeover of public...

11/2018
To Serve Every Student Well, Design for the Tails, Not the Mean

This essay explores how an education system built to meet the needs of “square pegs” could benefit all students.

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.

May 15 2020

Nearly two months into our nationwide tracking effort, most of the 82 school districts we reviewed provide some form of instruction.

Apr 19 2020

States play critical roles in driving school and district responses to school closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We examined whether and how states are fulfilling that role.

Jul 23 2019

As a new CRPE research brief shows, homeschoolers are becoming more diverse, and so are their motivations.

Jul 17 2019

With unemployment at a historic low, now is the time to focus on those who have been historically underemployed.

Apr 1 2019

ReSchool Colorado’s initiatives reveal the possibilities that could emerge if barriers between schools and communities were lowered—and if new structures to support students and their families were built in their place.