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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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.

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.