The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Strategies for Nimble Cities: Lessons from Stepping Up, Our 18-City Project

Georgia Heyward | Tue, 08/21/2018

Georgia Heyward identifies several trends in cities offering public school choice and shares strategies for addressing the most persistent challenges.

Personalized Learning’s Weakest Link?

Andy Calkins | Wed, 08/08/2018

In the push for next gen learning, NGLC director Andy Calkins says the biggest challenge is effective change management.

Removing the Boundaries Between High School, College, and Career

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Fri, 07/27/2018

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and a recognition that even the most effective schools may need to develop new approaches to better serve students whose needs warrant more individualized learning pathways or supports. This post is part of a series on what the school or learning system of the next 25 years might look like.

Today’s Education Systems Won’t Support Tomorrow’s Learners

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/21/2018

Robin Lake takes a sobering look at what it will take to create a truly personalized learning system.

An Interview with Paymon Rouhanifard: Charting Camden’s Path to Improvement

Paul Hill | Tue, 06/12/2018

The departing Camden superintendent reflects on five years of progress and the challenges that remain.

We Need to Prepare A New Generation of Education Systems Leaders

Parker Baxter | Thu, 05/24/2018

Parker Baxter at the Center for Education Policy Analysis writes that we need to prepare a new generation of education systems leaders to reimagine how education can be organized and delivered.

Yes, Charter Schools Inflict Some Costs on Districts. But Districts’ Financial Problems Are Far Deeper Than That

Robin Lake | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake describes significant flaws in a paper assessing the impact of charter schools on school districts.

School funds should follow students, not protect institutions

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake and Paul Hill look at the effect of charter schools on district finances and suggest solutions to build a healthy public school choice system.


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.