The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

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.

The Future of School Choice Isn't About Schools — It's About Learning Opportunities

Robin Lake | Tue, 01/29/2019

The school choice movement should evolve to provide new student pathways and better serve every student's individual needs.

Teacher Strikes Elevate Billionaires and Privatization as Enemies of Convenience

Paul Hill | Mon, 01/28/2019

The framings of “privatization” and “billionaire takeover” get attention, but not results.

Trust, Autonomy, Achievement Gap — 3 Areas Where Ferebee’s Work in Indianapolis Could Help Him Succeed as D.C. Chancellor

Sean Gill | Wed, 01/16/2019

The new D.C. chancellor’s ability to leverage coalitions to achieve common ground can help him tackle the city’s challenges.

The Year of Thinking Forward

Robin Lake | Wed, 01/02/2019

Serving every student requires a shift in mindset from a portfolio of schools to a portfolio of learning opportunities.

Ratchet Effect: The Continuous Evolution of the Portfolio Strategy

Paul Hill | Wed, 12/26/2018

Despite periodic stalemates, a local portfolio strategy will very likely endure, spread, and continue to evolve.

How to Ensure New Post-Secondary Pathways Don't Become "Tracks"

Travis Pillow | Wed, 12/19/2018

Give students flexibility, supports to explore different academic and career pathways without closing the door on other opportunities.


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.