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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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...

Boosting Student Achievement: The Impact of Comprehensive School Reform on Student Achievement
June, 2006
Kevin Booker, Betheny Gross, Dan Goldhaber

This paper investigates the effects of implementing CSR models on student achievement.

Key Issues in Studying Charter Schools and Achievement: A Review and Suggestions for National Guidelines
May, 2006
Julian Betts, Paul Hill

This white paper from the Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel examines the existing research on student achievement in charter schools and details how future research could be improved.

Sticking with It: To What Extent and Why do Schools Sustain or Discontinue CSR Models?
May, 2006
Betheny Gross, Dan Goldhaber

This paper examines the issues surrounding decisions to discontinue the use of Comprehensive School Reform models by participating schools.

Poor Parents Can Be Good Choosers
April, 2006
Paul Teske, Patrick Wolf, Paul Hill

This Education Week commentary by Paul Teske, Patrick Wolf, and Paul Hill discusses low-income parents and school choice.

Seeing Success: The Impact of Implementing Model Practices on Student Outcomes
April, 2006
Betheny Gross, Lydia Rainey, Dan Goldhaber

This working paper evaluates the effect of implementing one of three prominent Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) models on student achievement and discipline outcomes, using a matched sample of Florida model and non-model schools.