The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

New NACSA Study, A First Step to Address the Critical Need for Evidence in Authorizing

Robin Lake | Thu, 03/01/2018

Robin Lake finds "trove of fine-grained guidance" for authorizers on performance management, cites areas needing further research.

Four Ways Philadelphia Can Keep Its Schools Moving in the Right Direction as District Prepares to Retake Local Control

Georgia Heyward | Mon, 02/26/2018

The nominating panel charged with selecting candidates for Philadelphia’s new nine-member school board has received its last application. Now, as the district prepares to retake local control of its schools July 1, the panel’s 13 members must identify the 27 best candidates for Mayor Jim Kenney to choose from. It will be a daunting and exciting task.

Integrating Schools in San Antonio: Start With One. An Interview with Mohammed Choudhury

Alice Opalka, Georgia Heyward | Fri, 02/23/2018

Learn about SAISD's initiative to intentionally diversify the city’s notoriously segregated public schools.

Three Ways Charter Schools Can Make Sure They Recruit, Hire, and Retain the Teachers They Need

Christine Campbell and Daniel Weisberg give three steps that charter operators, authorizers, and city-based organizations can take to ensure that charter schools have effective teachers in all classrooms.

New CREDO Report Shows System-Level Supports, Turnaround Expertise Critical to School-Level Improvements

Robin Lake | Tue, 02/20/2018

Robin Lake offers her key takeaways from CREDO's evaluation of school turnaround efforts in New Orleans, Nashville, and Memphis.

What Continuous Improvement Networks Should Learn from District-Charter Compacts

Sean Gill | Tue, 02/06/2018

As the Gates Foundation shifts its focus to new Networks for School Improvement, Sean Gill offers some lessons from a prior initiative.

Proposal: The Future of the Charter School Movement Requires a New Political Strategy

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Wed, 01/31/2018

Robin Lake and Paul Hill propose a new political strategy to meet the need and demand for more high-quality charter schools.

Clearing the School Choice Fog for Parents

Sarah Yatsko | Thu, 01/25/2018

Increasingly complex school choice systems are spurring local organizations to offer hands-on support for low-income families.