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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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...

A Matter of Definition: Is There Truly a Shortage of School Principals?
January, 2003
Marguerite Roza, Mary Beth Celio, James Harvey, Susan Wishon

This report finds that although some districts and areas are experiencing difficulties finding good school principals, there are far more candidates interested in assuming school leadership roles than there are principal vacancies to fill.

Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education
December, 2002
Paul Hill, Robin Lake, Mary Beth Celio

Aimed toward elected officials, school reform activists, and educators, this book is the result of the first national-scale study of charter school accountability.

Choice with Equity: An Assessment by the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education
December, 2002
Paul Hill

This Koret Task Force book, published by Hoover Institution Press, reviews the furious national debate over school choice, examining the benefits of choice for children, families, and schools-and showing how properly designed choice programs can prevent the harmful outcomes choice opponents fear...

Big City School Boards: Problems and Options
December, 2002
Paul Hill, Kelly Warner-King, Christine Campbell, Meaghan McElroy, Isabel Muñoz-Colón

This report summarizes the functions of school boards, identifies some of the problems with big city school boards, and suggests options for reorienting boards around the trusteeship of the children they serve.

Closing the Achievement Gap in Washington State: Holding Schools Accountable for Equity
November, 2002
Elise M. Huggins, Mary Beth Celio

Prepared for the Washington State Academic Achievement and Accountability Commission in 2002, this report attempts to take a fresh look at the data from the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) in order to provide practical information for both educators and policymakers.