The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Compatibility Error: Today's High-Performing Charter Models Can't Run on District Operating Systems

Steven Wilson | Wed, 02/19/2020

How does the political lift of remedying that incompatibility compare with that of expanding the charter sector itself?

A More Skeptical Take on Charter Growth

Robin Lake | Thu, 02/13/2020

The charter movement must face up to self-inflicted wounds and missteps that hamper growth and exacerbate political resistance. 

The Main Barriers to Scaling Successful Charter Schools Are Political, not Substantive

Steven Wilson | Thu, 02/13/2020

For all the political obstacles to building the charter sector, doubling down on charters now may be our best bet for helping all students in the new decade.

What New Orleans Can Teach Us About the Forces Blocking Change in Education

Paul Hill | Thu, 02/06/2020

Paul Hill reviews The Politics of Institutional Reform: Katrina, Education, and the Second Face of Power, by Terry M. Moe.

The Real Secret of Success? Progressive Pedagogy at Scale

Steven Wilson | Mon, 01/13/2020

Success Academy has implemented a progressive pedagogy at scale, but the media have overlooked it, argues Wilson.

Thinking Forward in 2020

Robin Lake | Tue, 01/07/2020

CRPE’s work in the new year includes exciting new research that flows from the Thinking Forward 25th anniversary project.

Dubious Research Used to Attack Charter Schools Program

Paul Hill | Fri, 12/20/2019

The report's claim of a billion dollars wasted stirs emotion and lacks evidence.

Beyond “No Excuses”: Lessons from a Charter School Network’s Transformation

Steven Wilson | Mon, 12/16/2019

Students could not learn that their voice has power when for much of the day the school required their silence.