The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

We Must Understand the Real Impact of Charter Schools on California’s School Districts

Robin Lake | Fri, 05/17/2019

Three new briefs from CRPE shed light on the debate.

Assessing Charter Schools' Impact on Districts: Too Important to Get Wrong

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/29/2019

Studies blaming long-standing problems in public education on charter schools make it harder to identify real solutions.

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.


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.

Wed, 11/20/2019

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

Mon, 11/18/2019

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