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 in Washington State: A Financial Drain or Gain?
October, 2004
Amy Berk Anderson

This working paper examines the potential fiscal impact of charter schools in Washington State, at both the state and local levels.

Making School Reform Work: New Partnerships for Real Change
October, 2004
Paul Hill, James Harvey

Edited by James Harvey and Paul T. Hill, this book identifies roles for foundations and civic groups in defining strategies for big-city school reform, and ensuring that promised changes are implemented. This is the third and final book in a series on big city school reform initiated by the...

A Cost Allocation Model for Shared District Resources: A Means for Comparing Spending Across Schools
September, 2004
Larry Miller, Marguerite Roza, Claudine Swartz

Under current budgeting practices it is difficult to assess how resources are distributed between schools and whether every school is afforded the same opportunities to meet its educational goals. This paper addresses one key driver of spending variation between schools: shared district...

Doing School Choice Right: Proceedings of a Meeting on Communities and Choice
August, 2004
James Harvey, Lydia Rainey

This report summarizes a two-day seminar which addressed the question, "How Can Communities Do School Choice Right?" convened at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., in August 2004.

Chronic Teacher Turnover in Urban Elementary Schools
August, 2004
Kacey Guin

This study examines the characteristics of elementary schools that experience chronic teacher turnover and the impacts of turnover on a school's working climate and ability to effectively function.

Broadening What's Meant by School
August, 2004
Paul Hill

In this commentary for The Hoover Institution, Paul Hill suggests that to be effective with disadvantaged children, schools need to extend learning time and offer a broader range of services.

Legal Issues and Small High Schools: Strategies to Support Innovation in Washington State
July, 2004
Kelly Warner-King, Mitch Price

This report explores legal issues affecting the establishment and operation of small high schools in Washington State.

From Bystander to Ally: Transforming the District Human Resources Department
April, 2004
Christine Campbell, Michael DeArmond, Abigail Schumwinger

Based on 49 interviews with district and school personnel, the report's aim is to identify key issues that leaders in districts elsewhere can use to begin thinking about how they might make their HR office more efficient or effective.

Attracting the Best Teachers
March, 2004
Paul Hill

In this commentary for The Hoover Institution, Paul Hill offers some ideas for how to attract quality people to teaching.

How Within-District Spending Inequities Help Some Schools Fail
February, 2004
Marguerite Roza, Paul Hill

This paper, published by Brookings Institution Press, reports the results of an original study of district spending at the school level. It shows that teacher cost averaging drives significant amounts of money out of schools serving poorer students and toward better-off schools.