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.


Portfolio Strategies, Relinquishment, The Urban School System of the Future, and Smart Districts
February, 2013
Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim, Christine Campbell

This brief shows how some new proposals for K-12 public education governance are complements, rather than alternatives, to the portfolio strategy.


BRIEF - Principal Concerns in Wisconsin: Focus on Future Leaders for Rural Schools
February, 2013
Katherine Martin

This analysis finds that over 70% of Wisconsin's school leaders will still be on the job in five years, with rural districts most affected by upcoming retirements.


Steps in the Right Direction: Assessing “Ohio Achievement Everywhere” – the Kasich Plan
February, 2013
Paul Hill

In this short report, Paul Hill evaluates Ohio Governor John Kasich's education budget proposal.


Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice
January, 2013
Marguerite Roza, Suzanne Simburg

This brief explains the need for student-based allocation to enable student choice and portable funding across schools within districts.


Principal Concerns in Indiana: Focus on Developing Current Principals
January, 2013
Katherine Martin, Michael DeArmond

This analysis finds two thirds of Indiana principals will likely still be leading schools in five years, suggesting the state should focus on evaluating, supporting, and developing its current school leaders.


How Public Universities Close Budget Gaps Matters For States
December, 2012
Alicia Kinne, Marguerite Roza, Patrick J. Murphy, Betheny Gross

Cuts to state support for higher education have prompted some universities to raise tuition, admit more out-of-state students, and increase enrollment to close budget gaps. This analysis compares these three strategies in terms of the relative magnitude needed to close a gap in state funds and...


Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies For Managing Urban Schools
December, 2012
Paul Hill, Christine Campbell, Betheny Gross

This new book from Paul Hill and colleagues explains the underlying idea of the portfolio strategy.


Are Residents Losing Their Edge in Public University Admissions? The Case at the University of Washington
December, 2012
Grant Blume, Marguerite Roza

Public universities across the country are shifting more spots to nonresidents (who pay higher tuitions) in order to plug budget gaps. This case study examines admissions data at the University of Washington in order to quantify the effect on admissions standards for residents versus...


Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings
December, 2012
Suzanne Simburg, Marguerite Roza

Using wage and staffing data from states, this paper projects the financial and staffing implications of one innovative school model (the Rocketship lab rotation) to highlight potential impacts on the schooling workforce and total per-student spending.


What Happens to Teacher Salaries During a Recession?
December, 2012
Jim Simpkins, Marguerite Roza, Suzanne Simburg

This study uses data from Seattle Public Schools to explore actual salary changes amidst rapid changes in economic context and the effect of the recession on teacher pay.

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