The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Tossing Aside the “Reform” Label Must Not Mean “Anything Goes”

Chris Cerf | Fri, 12/07/2018

Former Newark superintendent Chris Cerf urges us to continue pushing for positive change.

Don’t Call Me an Education Reformer — I Don’t Know What That Means Anymore

Robin Lake | Mon, 12/03/2018

I want to engage with real ideas and real people, writes Robin Lake, not labels and groupthink.

We Need a More Productive Debate About School Accountability, Not Tired Arguments Over Testing

Robin Lake | Tue, 11/20/2018

It’s more essential than ever to measure student progress, writes Robin Lake, but our measures and methods must continue to evolve.

It’s Time to Rebuild the Sensible Center on Education Reform

Paul Hill | Fri, 11/16/2018

Paul Hill responds to a commentary by Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris on school choice, charter schools, and the portfolio strategy.

The Enrichment Gap: The Educational Inequity That Nobody Talks About

Sivan Tuchman, Travis Pillow | Tue, 11/13/2018

Sivan Tuchman and Travis Pillow share findings from a new analysis of student access to out-of-school learning opportunities in Denver.

On the 25th Anniversary of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a Look at Lessons Learned & New Imperatives Ahead

Robin Lake | Thu, 11/08/2018

At the Center on Reinventing Public Education, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We are thinking a lot about our principles and lessons learned.

Thinking Forward: How Can Public Education Prepare Every Student for the Challenges of the Future?

Robin Lake | Thu, 11/08/2018

Robin Lake introduces a set of essays intended to spur discussion about how public education can adapt to a rapidly changing world.

To Meet the Needs of Complex Learners, School Systems Must Think More Boldly

Robin Lake | Mon, 11/05/2018

Robin Lake urges cities to leverage community assets, technology, and networks to improve services and supports for students with special needs.


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.