The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Separating Truth from Fiction as Charter Schools Transition from Shiny Theory to Gritty Reality

Robin Lake | Fri, 11/01/2019

Our new blog series aims to clear the air and make room for the next big improvements in both charter schools and public education in general.

Don't Neglect Districts in the Effort to Advance Portfolio from the Outside

Ashley Jochim, Michael DeArmond | Wed, 10/23/2019

To achieve sustained success in influencing portfolio strategy implementation in the longer term, outsiders and insiders need each other.

Some Charter Schools Use Their Flexibility to Serve Students With Disabilities. Our New Report Shows How More Schools Can Do the Same.

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Sat, 10/19/2019

Schools need not wait for ideal policy conditions to begin improving education for students with disabilities.

State Takeovers Remain a Powerful Tool for Improving Schools. States Should Not Walk Away From Them

Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill | 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.

Propelling Career and Technical Education in a Portfolio System

Georgia Heyward | 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?

LeBron James's School Drew Lots of Attention, but It Doesn't Take an NBA Star for Districts to Forge Innovative Partnerships

Sean Gill | 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.

Going the Extra Mile for School Choice

Betheny Gross | Thu, 09/05/2019

Betheny Gross examines how five high-choice cities tackle the challenges of student transportation.

A Simple Recipe Needs Complex Conditions to Work

Robin Lake | Wed, 09/04/2019

Let districts be districts, when they work. But when they don’t, Robin Lake argues, try something else.