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 Conspiracy of Silence
February, 2001
Paul Hill

In this commentary, published by the Hoover Institution, Paul Hill writes that the key to reversing the inequitable distribution of teachers in big cities is to give real-dollar budgets to all schools and charge schools the real cost of the teachers they employ.

Are Charter Schools Getting More Money into the Classroom? A Micro-Financial Analysis of First Year Charter Schools in Massachusetts
October, 2000
Paul Herdman, Marc Dean Millot

This report examines the first-year finances of Massachusetts charter schools.

Helping Hands: Cities Need Capacity for Education Reform
July, 2000
Paul Hill

This commentary by Paul Hill, published by Brookings, suggests that failed school systems need to create hybrid reform strategies drawn from the strong parts of various reform proposals, rather than relying on "name brand" reforms.

New Hope for Public Schools
July, 2000
Paul Hill

This essay written for the Hoover Institution looks at new trends in education initiatives undertaken by private corporations and individuals.

How States Can Hold Schools Accountable: The Strong Schools Model of Standards-Based Reform
June, 2000
Sarah R. Brooks

This paper is the result of a review of efforts across the country, and specifically in five states, to introduce performance accountability into education reform strategies.

Stimulating the Supply and Building the Capacity of New Schools and School Developers: Recommendations for the Design and Implementation of a New Schools Incubator
June, 2000
Abigail Schumwinger

An increasingly pressing issue impacting the quality of educational services in the United States is the country's growing need for new public schools equipped to meet the unique demands of this generation's students and policy environment.

Making Standards Stick
April, 2000
Robin Lake, Maria McCarthy, Sara Taggart, Mary Beth Celio

This report documents Washington State's attempts to ensure students meet new, higher standards for student learning. It is part of a trio of reports on this topic. The other reports are: Making Standards Work (1999) and Making Standards Meaningful (2001).

How Home Schooling Will Change Public Education
April, 2000
Paul Hill

More than 1.2 million students are now being taught at home, more students than are enrolled in the entire New York City public school system. This report discusses the pros and cons of learning at home and the effects home schooling will have on public schools.

It Takes a City: Getting Serious about Urban School Reform
January, 2000
Paul Hill, Christine Campbell, James Harvey

This volume is the second in a trilogy of books designed to describe the politics of reform in urban school systems and clarify reform options available to mayors and other community leaders who want to improve school performance dramatically. It Takes a City develops lessons from the reform...

Supplying Effective Public Schools in Big Cities
December, 1999
Paul Hill

How can we move toward a public education system that can supply good schools for city children? This chapter presents two discussions: first, an analysis of the practices and attitudes that now prevent big cities from providing a supply of strong schools; and second, a proposal about how cities...