Publications

Our studies span governance, systems, and practice in public education. Through our reports we help make sense of complex trends and data, communicate new possibilities for system change, and provide guidance and thought leadership to support that change. We pride ourselves on our ability to see around the corner, reach across traditional party and sector lines, and craft solutions to problems few have anticipated. Explore our most recent publications below.

Independent peer review is an integral part of all CRPE research projects. Peer reviews are conducted by research or policy professionals who are not members of the CRPE project team. Some externally published work, such as commissioned papers, books and book chapters, journal articles, and op eds, may be hosted on other sites, and some may require purchase or subscriptions to view.


It Takes a City: How the Portfolio Strategy Can Bring Schools, Districts, and Communities Together to Transform Special Education
September, 2019
Robin Lake, Lanya McKittrick

We convened leaders from cities around the country to explore ways that school districts can use the portfolio strategy to help cities improve education for students with disabilites—and ultimately for all students.


Fulfilling the Promise of School Choice by Building More Effective Supports for Families
June, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Georgia Heyward, Betheny Gross

This report focuses on the work of DC School Reform Now. Since 2011, the organization has focused on making school choice work for families in Wards 7 and 8, two underserved areas of the nation's capital.


Sustaining Improvement after State Takeovers: Lessons from New Orleans
April, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Travis Pillow

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 schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.


Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education
November, 2018

These essays rethink foundational aspects of the current education system and offer new ideas to shift the lens from schools to students. 


Passing Notes: Learning from Efforts to Share Instructional Practices Across District-Charter Lines
February, 2018
Tricia Maas, Robin Lake

This report examines recent efforts of districts and charter schools to share key instructional practices and offers recommendations for education leaders to move forward.


Collision Course: Embracing Politics to Succeed in District-Charter Collaboration
January, 2018
Ashley Jochim, Sarah Yatsko, Alice Opalka

This report examines how politics shapes the work of district-charter collaboration and offers strategies for district and charter leaders to improve their chances of success.


Unlocking Potential: How Political Skill Can Maximize Superintendent Effectiveness
January, 2018
Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim

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.


The Slowdown in Bay Area Charter School Growth: Causes and Solutions
January, 2018
Robin Lake, Trey Cobb, Roohi Sharma, Alice Opalka

This report examines why charter school growth in the San Francisco Bay Area has slowed dramatically and offers solutions for cities nationwide to encourage the development of new high-quality schools.


Opening the Schoolhouse Door: Helping Charter Schools Access Space in District-Owned Facilities
December, 2017
Sean Gill, Tricia Maas

This paper reviews state policies on providing charter schools with facilities and recommends better incentives for districts to share space.


Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?
November, 2017
Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward, Betheny Gross, Robin Lake

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies are rooted in the community.

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