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.

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Lessons from the Trenches: Sustaining Improvements after State Takeover
August, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill

This report provides key lessons for states seeking to make improvements in districts and schools navigating a transition to local control.

The Changing Landscape of Homeschooling in the United States
July, 2019
Aaron Hirsh

This brief explores the changing demographics of homeschoolers, provides an overview of new forms of homeschooling, and outlines the variety of state policies that govern homeschooling.

Student Mobility in Kansas City
June, 2019
Michael DeArmond, Alice Opalka, Patrick Denice

This brief examines student mobility in Kansas City Public Schools.

Schools Lead the Way but the System Must Change: Rethinking Career and Technical Education
June, 2019
Georgia Heyward

CRPE has identified 32 programs around the country that represent the variety of efforts being used to reinvent career and technical education.

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.

Making Sense of How Charter Schools Affect School District Finances: A Reporter’s Guide
May, 2019

This guide unpacks how enrollment loss stemming from charter schools may or may not shape districts’ financial situations and provides guidance and resources to journalists.

California Charter Schools: Costs, Benefits, and Impact on School Districts
May, 2019
Robin Lake, Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill, Sivan Tuchman

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

Expanding Access to Out-of-School Learning: Lessons from Year 1 at ReSchool Colorado
April, 2019
Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond

This brief provides an initial, formative assessment of lessons learned in the first year of ReSchool Colorado’s initiatives to expand access to out-of-school learning opportunities for children in the Denver area.

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.

An Unlikely Bargain: Why Charter School Teachers Unionize and What Happens When They Do
March, 2019
Ashley Jochim, Lesley Lavery

This report examines national and local trends in charter unionization, describes the reasons charter school teachers unionize, and analyzes charter school bargaining agreements.