The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

State Takeovers Remain a Powerful Tool for Improving Schools. States Should Not Walk Away From Them

Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill | Thu, 10/03/2019

The authority to intervene in local districts remains an essential tool if states want to continue playing a meaningful role in improving local schools.

Propelling Career and Technical Education in a Portfolio System

Georgia Heyward | Wed, 09/25/2019

How do efforts to reinvent career and technical education fit into a broader portfolio strategy to improve the quality and diversity of school options for students?

LeBron James's School Drew Lots of Attention, but It Doesn't Take an NBA Star for Districts to Forge Innovative Partnerships

Sean Gill | Wed, 09/11/2019

If partnership schools prove able to turn around persistently struggling schools, they may be well the effort—but this is still a big if.

Going the Extra Mile for School Choice

Betheny Gross | Thu, 09/05/2019

Betheny Gross examines how five high-choice cities tackle the challenges of student transportation.

A Simple Recipe Needs Complex Conditions to Work

Robin Lake | Wed, 09/04/2019

Let districts be districts, when they work. But when they don’t, Robin Lake argues, try something else. 

Portfolio Systems Can and Must Lead When it Comes to Students with Unique Needs

Robin Lake | Wed, 09/04/2019

The more choice and autonomy become the norm, the more urgent is the need to find new ways to ensure they bring advantages to the most vulnerable and unique student populations.

Gentrification Presents Both Challenges and Opportunities for Cities and Schools

Paul Hill | Tue, 08/20/2019

The rapid movement of young college graduates into previously low-income neighborhoods opens up a new opportunity for effective integrated K–12 education.

Homeschooling Can Be a Living Room Laboratory for the Future of Education

Robin Lake, Travis Pillow | Tue, 07/23/2019

As a new CRPE research brief shows, homeschoolers are becoming more diverse, and so are their motivations.

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