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 Nonprofit Technical Assistance Activity for Charter Applicants in Pennsylvania: Mission, Functions, Capabilities and Plans
May, 1997
Marc Dean Millot

This Report describes the mission, functions, capabilities and plans of a potential nonprofit Technical Assistance Activity (TAA) for charter school applicants under House Bill 1834, the Charter School Act previously under consideration by the Pennsylvania legislature. We have published the...

A Guidebook for Chartering Agencies
January, 1997
Marc Dean Millot

This is a guidebook for school boards and other government agencies given the power to permit private individuals and groups to operate autonomous public schools under state charter school legislation.

So You Want to Start a Charter School? Strategic Advice for Applicants: Recommendations from an Expert Workshop
December, 1996
Marc Dean Millot, Robin Lake

In September of 1995, the Program on Reinventing Public Education invited twelve experts to Seattle for a workshop about the business side of charter school start-up. This report summarizes the strategies for charter school start-up recommended by the workshop participants.

Autonomy, Accountability, and the Values of Public Education
September, 1996
Marc Dean Millot

This report was written for a very specialized audience—individuals considering the passage or amendment of charter school legislation.

The Educational Consequences of Choice
June, 1996
Paul Hill

In this article, Paul Hill argues that there is ample evidence that universal public school choice would strongly benefit all children, including the disadvantaged, by promoting candid and demanding relationships among teachers, parents, and students.

Priority Shift: The Fate of Mandatory Busing for School Desegregation in Seattle and the Nation
March, 1996
Laura Kohn

This paper examines the trend in school districts, across the country and in Seattle, of substantially withdrawing from mandatory integration policies.

What Are Charter Schools? An Introduction to the Concept and the Statutes
December, 1995
Marc Dean Millot

This article provides details about the charter school concept: its relationship to other well-known proposals for school reform, the essential characteristics of a charter school, and the approaches taken by states to implement the charter concept.

High Schools with Character
August, 1990
Paul Hill, Gail E. Foster, Tamar Gendler

This paper analyzes big-city high schools: how they function and how the education of the low-income minority youth in these high schools can be improved.