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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School Choice: Doing It the Right Way Makes a Difference
November, 2003
Paul Hill

The National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education, chaired by CRPE's Paul Hill, was established to explore how choice works and to examine how communities interested in the potential benefits of new school options could obtain them while avoiding choice's potential damage. This report...

Leveling the Playing Field: Creating Funding Equity Through Student-Based Budgeting
October, 2003
Karen Hawley Miles, Kathleen Ware, Marguerite Roza

This report, published by The Phi Delta Kappan, traces Cincinnati Public Schools's process of moving to a system of student based budgeting: funding children rather than staff members, and weighting the funding according to schools and students' needs.

Baselines for Assessment of Choice Programs
October, 2003
Paul Hill, Kacey Guin

This paper argues that choice programs should be compared against the real performance of the current public education system and attempts to establish an appropriate baseline against which choice programs can be assessed.

Administrative Costs of Education Voucher Programs
September, 2003
Paul Hill

A number of states and localities are now considering creating voucher programs. This paper focuses on the administrative costs of these programs.

Making Sense of Leading Schools: A Study of the School Principalship
September, 2003
Bradley Portin, Paul Schneider, Michael DeArmond, Lauren Gundlach

This report, based on in-depth interviewes with educators, looks at the daily working lives of school leaders. It then asks what this implies for policy and leadership development.

A National Crisis or Localized Problems? Getting Perspective on the Scope and Scale of the Teacher Shortage
July, 2003
Patrick J. Murphy, Michael DeArmond, Kacey Guin

This article, published in Education Policy Analysis Archives, attempts to estimate the size and nature of the celebrated teacher shortage of the late 1990s by using data from the U.S. Department of Education's 1999-00 School and Staffing Survey.

An Impossible Job? The View From the Urban Superintendent's Chair
July, 2003
Howard L. Fuller, Christine Campbell, Mary Beth Celio, James Harvey, John Immerwahr, Abigail Schumwinger

Based on a survey and on interviews with superintendents from the nation's largest urban districts, this study explores the working life of urban superintendents. This report is second in second in the Center's leadership series.

From the Headlines to the Frontlines: The Teacher Shortage and its Implications for Recruitment Policy
July, 2003
Patrick J. Murphy, Michael DeArmond

This report suggests that even with the economic slowdown and the sense of relief from a pending teacher shortage, districts will continue to struggle to get and keep good teachers unless they make dramatic changes in the ways they recruit teachers.

The Chasm Remains
April, 2003
Paul Hill, Kacey Guin, Mary Beth Celio

This Education Next article addresses how problems within the public education system particularly affect urban children.

Change The Rules
April, 2003
Paul Hill

This article looks at why we should devolve decisionmaking in schools. Hill recommends three changes in state laws to create a public education system in which families and teachers have options, schools have a good balance of accountability and freedom of action, and school boards have fewer...