The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

In Washington State, New Choices for Students with Disabilities

Sivan Tuchman | Thu, 08/23/2018

In our recent special education study, we found that Washington state’s charter schools are serving students with disabilities at a higher rate than the national charter school average. When our data revealed the schools were also serving students with a wide range of disabilities in a mostly inclusive environment, I reflected on my own experience.

Strategies for Nimble Cities: Lessons from Stepping Up, Our 18-City Project

Georgia Heyward | Tue, 08/21/2018

Georgia Heyward identifies several trends in cities offering public school choice and shares strategies for addressing the most persistent challenges.

Personalized Learning’s Weakest Link?

Andy Calkins | Wed, 08/08/2018

In the push for next gen learning, NGLC director Andy Calkins says the biggest challenge is effective change management.

Removing the Boundaries Between High School, College, and Career

Robin Lake, Betheny Gross | Fri, 07/27/2018

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and a recognition that even the most effective schools may need to develop new approaches to better serve students whose needs warrant more individualized learning pathways or supports. This post is part of a series on what the school or learning system of the next 25 years might look like.

Today’s Education Systems Won’t Support Tomorrow’s Learners

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/21/2018

Robin Lake takes a sobering look at what it will take to create a truly personalized learning system.

An Interview with Paymon Rouhanifard: Charting Camden’s Path to Improvement

Paul Hill | Tue, 06/12/2018

The departing Camden superintendent reflects on five years of progress and the challenges that remain.

We Need to Prepare A New Generation of Education Systems Leaders

Parker Baxter | Thu, 05/24/2018

Parker Baxter at the Center for Education Policy Analysis writes that we need to prepare a new generation of education systems leaders to reimagine how education can be organized and delivered.

Yes, Charter Schools Inflict Some Costs on Districts. But Districts’ Financial Problems Are Far Deeper Than That

Robin Lake | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake describes significant flaws in a paper assessing the impact of charter schools on school districts.