The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

We Need to Ask the Right Questions about Corruption and Charter Schools

Paul Hill | Tue, 12/03/2019

Attackers and defenders of charter schools are free to pick cases and attach labels, but we shouldn’t lump actual corruption or theft in with debatably unwise uses of funds.

An Innovation Network: A More Diverse and Inclusive Way to Innovate

Betheny Gross | Wed, 11/20/2019

Our network participants are already showing the potential benefits of the shift toward local problem solving.

In Judging the Consequences of Charter Growth, Weigh Benefits to District Students Against Financial Strains

Paul Hill | Mon, 11/18/2019

Settling for cherry-picked or incomplete evidence isn't necessary.

Charter Schools Advance Innovation—But Often Not in the Ways You'd Expect

Paul Hill | Tue, 11/12/2019

Future schools will need charter-like freedoms to fully take advantage of new ways to personalize learning to meet students’ interests and needs and provide meaningful experiences.

Introducing the Big Think Network: A Shift from “Scaling Innovation” to Innovation at Scale

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Fri, 11/08/2019

Six pioneering organizations are trying to shift systems and programs to maximize the talents, interests, and needs of students, families, and communities.

We Need a More Productive Conversation About Charter Schools and Segregation

Paul Hill | Mon, 11/04/2019

Putting aside questions of blame for current and past segregation, it's fair to ask: Can charter schools play a more positive role in the future?

Separating Truth from Fiction as Charter Schools Transition from Shiny Theory to Gritty Reality

Robin Lake | Fri, 11/01/2019

Our new blog series aims to clear the air and make room for the next big improvements in both charter schools and public education in general.