The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Conflicts of Interest in Governance

Paul Hill | Tue, 09/10/2013

Paul Hill writes that, to eliminate conflicts of interest and focus on supporting effective schools, public governance entities must not operate schools directly.

Nashville Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Charter Schools

Robin Lake | Wed, 09/04/2013

Robin Lake discusses what the portfolio strategy could mean for students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Elected Boards: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

Paul Hill | Tue, 08/27/2013

Paul Hill discusses the challenge facing governance reformers to invent a form of elected governance that is insulated from domination by employees, privileged parents, contractors, or any other group.

Innovate or Die

Robin Lake | Tue, 08/20/2013

Robin Lake discusses the factors that limit or enable innovation within districts, and the need for quick and meaningful results.

Little Red Caboose or Impending Derailment? Charter Schools and Common Core

Robin Lake | Tue, 08/13/2013

Robin Lake considers what NY State's recent Common Core test results may mean for charter schools as they move toward fully implementing the standards.

How Governance Reforms Can Outlast the Reformers

Paul Hill | Wed, 08/07/2013

This blog post by Paul Hill is the fourth in a CRPE Series on Education Governance as a Civic Enterprise

Getting Beyond the Book Wars

Robin Lake | Wed, 07/31/2013

This blog post by Robin Lake is the third in a CRPE Series on Education Governance as a Civic Enterprise

Spreading the Gospel—and the Freedoms

Paul Hill | Wed, 07/24/2013

This blog post by Paul Hill is the second in a CRPE Series on Education Governance as a Civic Enterprise


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.