The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

A New School Takes Root in New Orleans—And Races Against Time

Travis Pillow | Tue, 10/30/2018

Travis Pillow profiles an innovative school leader whose startup seeks to provide students with multiple pathways to financial freedom.

Working Smarter, Not Harder: Promising Local Strategies for Improving Charter School Teacher Supply

Georgia Heyward, Crystal Harmon | Tue, 10/23/2018

CRPE’s Georgia Heyward and TNTP’s Crystal Harmon share ways education leaders can channel their annual anxiety about teacher hiring into solutions.

States Don’t Need to Wait on a Congressional Investigation to Improve Online Charter School Oversight

Robin Lake | Tue, 10/16/2018

Regulations of online schools are ripe for experimentation at the state and local levels, writes Robin Lake.

San Antonio ISD’s Innovations Offer National Lessons

Robin Lake | Thu, 10/04/2018

Superintendent Pedro Martinez and his team exemplify the problem-solving mentality of the portfolio strategy, writes Robin Lake.

Entrepreneurs Can Breathe New Life into the Charter School Movement

Travis Pillow | Tue, 09/25/2018

Travis Pillow argues that the charter school movement, to overcome barriers to growth, must become part of the solution to big problems in public education.

Partnering with Districts to Support System Transformation: An Interview with Samantha Olson of the Colorado Education Initiative

Sean Gill | Tue, 09/18/2018

Learn about how personalized learning is being implemented in schools across Colorado with the help of a unique state-level education organization, the Colorado Education Initiative.

Unified Enrollment in Chicago: A New Tool Highlights Old Truths

Travis Pillow, Betheny Gross | Thu, 09/13/2018

Even with a simplified process for choosing high schools, accessing high-quality options remains a challenge for some families.


For Brandon: How One Family's Struggle Can Help Us Imagine an Education System That Does Better by Exceptional Children

Travis Pillow | Wed, 09/05/2018

Travis Pillow highlights the need for a more agile, personalized public education system.


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.