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Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2006
December, 2006
Robin Lake, Paul Hill

This edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality explores some of the most controversial issues facing the charter school movement and the implications of continued growth for leading players in the charter school debates.

Educational Accountability in a Regulated Market
December, 2006
Paul Hill, Jacob E. Adams, Jr.

This article shows how a regulated market in education would work and how one could be created.

How Can Anyone Say What's Adequate If Nobody Knows How Money Is Spent Now?
November, 2006
Paul Hill, Marguerite Roza

Plaintiffs in adequacy lawsuits presume that school districts know how to use additional funds effectively. This chapter, from Courting Failure: How School Finance Lawsuits Exploit Judges' Good Intentions and Harm our Children, examines that presumption.

The Future of Charter Schools and Teachers Unions: Results of a Symposium
October, 2006
Paul Hill, Lydia Rainey, Andrew Rotherham

The National Charter School Research Project and the Progressive Policy Institute convened a meeting of local, state, and national leaders from both the charter school and teachers union communities to address ongoing battles between teachers unions and charter schools. This report summarizes...

Understanding Student-Weighted Allocation as a Means to Greater School Resource Equity
October, 2006
Karen Hawley Miles, Marguerite Roza

As attention shifts to how districts allocate resources to schools, student weighted allocation has emerged as an alternative to traditional staff-based allocation policies. This article examines how the shift to student-weighted allocation affected the pattern of resource distribution within 2...

Charter Schools Against the Odds: An Assessment of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education
October, 2006
Paul Hill


Charter Schools against the Odds, published by Hoover Institution Press, analyzes laws and policies that are restricting growth of charter schools, and explores alternatives of how to instead, encourage the growth of the charter school movement.

No Longer the Only Game in Town: Helping Traditional Public Schools Compete
September, 2006
Christine Campbell, Michael DeArmond, Kacey Guin, Deborah Warnock

This report reveals how two very different school districts, Milwaukee and Dayton, are affected by and responding to the pressures of school choice.

Money, Momentum, and the Gates Foundation: What Will Warren Buffett's Gift Mean for U.S. Schools?
August, 2006
Paul Hill

This Ed Week commentary looks at the differences in the problems the Gates Foundation has addressed, and in the strategies it has used, via its health and education giving.

High-Quality Charter Schools at Scale in Big Cities: Results of a Symposium
August, 2006
James Harvey, Lydia Rainey

This report summarizes a meeting of leaders from charter management organizations, school districts, and foundations to address the question of charter expansion and provides concrete recommendations for those interested in creating a more hospitable environment for charter school growth in...

Getting Hold of District Finances: A Make-or-Break Issue for Mayoral Involvement in Education
July, 2006
Paul Hill

In this article, Paul Hill argues that mayors who seek to reform their schools need to untangle the tendrils of school district accounting practices, and he warns that mayors who attempt large-scale school reform without first attempting to understand their district's financial and personnel...