The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Back to the Future for Charter School Research

Paul Hill | Wed, 04/03/2019

Paul Hill urges reporters and analysts to make apples-to-apples comparisons when analyzing research on school outcomes. 

Learning Outside of School: Lessons from ReSchool Colorado’s First Year

Betheny Gross, Travis Pillow | Mon, 04/01/2019

ReSchool Colorado’s initiatives reveal the possibilities that could emerge if barriers between schools and communities were lowered—and if new structures to support students and their families were built in their place.

Can Teachers Bridge the Divide Between Unions and Charter Schools? Strikes in Chicago and L.A. Are Test Cases

Ashley Jochim, Lesley Lavery | Wed, 03/27/2019

Teachers and administrators in unionized charter schools have an opportunity to show that unionization can benefit teachers and kids.

Six Things We Learned about Charter Schools and Unionization

Ashley Jochim, Lesley Lavery | Fri, 03/22/2019

Our research disrupts the usual us vs. them narrative, shedding light on where, why, and how often charter school teachers are forming unions.

Learning Inside and Outside of School: What Can the Four-Day Week Teach Us?

Georgia Heyward, Antonio Parés | Tue, 03/19/2019

Rural districts using the four-day school week schedule are experimenting with new, holistic and community-embedded learning opportunities on the fifth, unscheduled school day.

Resilience, Hope, and the Power of the Collective: What Puerto Rico can Teach the States about Education Reform

Robin Lake | Thu, 03/14/2019

Puerto Rico’s efforts to improve educational opportunities are rich, varied and locally driven.

Chicago’s mayor sees through the fog on school autonomy

Paul Hill | Wed, 02/20/2019

In a look at Chicago's dramatic school improvements, Paul Hill argues that school autonomy distinguishes high-performing schools from the run of the mill.

How a proposal for flexible funding can help families close the enrichment gap

Travis Pillow, Ashley Jochim | Tue, 02/05/2019

Offering lower-income families an allowance to customize out-of-school learning experiences could help close the enrichment gap.


Wed, 07/17/2019

With unemployment at a historic low, now is the time to focus on those who have been historically underemployed.

Wed, 07/03/2019

Paul Hill discusses the history of school integration and offers lessons learned about ways our school systems can better educate an increasingly diverse population.

Fri, 06/28/2019

Our latest report looks at a navigator organization that helps level the playing field so all families can find quality schools that meet their needs.