The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

How Can Public School Students Get the Personalization that Private Schools Offer?

Paul Hill | Tue, 05/22/2018

It will take system-level changes for students to fully exploit learning opportunities, writes Paul Hill.

4 Ways a Big New Study on School Districts, Finances & Charter Schools Is Misleading California Parents & Communities

Robin Lake | Fri, 05/18/2018

Robin Lake takes issue with a large study's conclusion that charter schools are to blame for financial struggles in California school districts.

Connecting the Dots: What Do These Examples Imply for System Change?

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake considers what it would take for cities to create and oversee a diverse portfolio of learning options.

Solving for Complex Learners: NYC Autism Charter School

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake visits a resource-intensive specialized school that is helping students make the most of their lives.

Curating a Portfolio of Student Pathways: Workspace Education

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake explores an alternative learning environment that is curating a wide portfolio of options for students.

How Can We Get Serious About Successful Pathways for Every Student?

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake ponders the system changes necessary to support more personalized learning models.

Charter Schools, Segregation, and Anxiety About Social Cohesion

Paul Hill | Sat, 04/28/2018

Paul Hill reviews a new book and is reminded of how tribally divided the policy research field has become.

Robin Lake to LAUSD: Stop searching for the next superhero — hand your schools the cape

Robin Lake | Wed, 04/04/2018

Robin Lake opines on L.A.’s district superintendent search.


Thu, 10/03/2019

The authority to intervene in local districts remains an essential tool if states want to continue playing a meaningful role in improving local schools.

Wed, 09/25/2019

How do efforts to reinvent career and technical education fit into a broader portfolio strategy to improve the quality and diversity of school options for students?

Wed, 09/11/2019

If partnership schools prove able to turn around persistently struggling schools, they may be well the effort—but this is still a big if.