Thursday, November 1, 2018

CRPE Wins Two Awards for Innovative Education Policy Proposals

Today the Center on Reinventing Public Education is excited to announce that two policy proposals, developed by CRPE experts to help close the nation's enrichment gap and help manage school facilities, were among 24 transformative ideas selected by Pathway 2 Tomorrow in a nationwide competition intended to shape a new agenda to improve public education. 

The competition garnered 240 submissions from 39 states. CRPE, part of the University of Washington Bothell, was the only organization with two winning proposals. 

"A minimum of 17 new governors will take office after next week's elections. They will need fresh ideas to prepare every student for the future," said CRPE Director Robin Lake. "We're very proud to be selected as part of this powerful set of ideas, and we look forward to maximizing their impact."

One of CRPE's winning proposals would give policymakers a new tool to help close the enrichment gap between low-income families and their more affluent peers by providing families with flexible allowances they could use to pay for a range of out-of-school activities that support learning.

"At CRPE, we believe it's time to develop a new policy agenda that can bridge divides—between parents, educators, and policymakers, and Republicans and Democrats," said Ashley Jochim, a senior research analyst at CRPE. "With its broad reach and openness to new ideas, Pathway 2 Tomorrow provides a unique opportunity to carve a new path forward in education that breaks free from the policy and political constraints that threaten to stall progress."

The other winning proposal builds on years of previous CRPE research on the challenges of financing and managing school buildings. It would create real estate trusts charged with managing all school facilities—as well as facilities for community-based nonprofits such as childcare or mental health providers that might operate in school buildings—to protect the public interest.

CRPE submitted seven proposals, including the two winners. Read all of them here.

CRPE will receive $15,000 per proposal to refine the ideas and ensure impact on federal, state, and local policymaking.

For more details about these proposals, or to schedule an interview with a CRPE expert, please contact Deb Britt at 206-498-1305 or