The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

It’s Time to Study Alternative Schools

Alex Medler | Tue, 01/23/2018

The rapid growth of alternative education campuses should drive researchers to study this new area, writes Alex Medler.

Denver’s Storied Portfolio District Is Starting to Act Like Just Another City School System

Robin Lake | Wed, 01/17/2018

Robin Lake worries that Denver Public Schools is wavering in its commitment to strong performance oversight and continuous improvement. 

Three Ways Superintendents Can Increase Their Influence

Paul Hill | Wed, 01/17/2018

Paul Hill explains why superintendents’ political skills are fundamental for success in their job, and offers a new paper to help prepare aspiring leaders.

Reforming the School Choice Rhetoric

Sivan Tuchman | Tue, 01/16/2018

Sivan Tuchman urges the school choice community to use language that fosters common ground.

2018 at CRPE: Looking Around the Corner

Robin Lake | Fri, 01/12/2018

Robin Lake outlines a year of urgency and action on forward-facing solutions.

The Unavoidable Politics of Education Reform

Robin Lake | Wed, 01/10/2018

Robin Lake previews two new CRPE reports that take the question of politics in education head on.

What You Were Reading in 2017

| Wed, 12/20/2017

From a groundbreaking report on school districts’ financial struggles to a just-in-time brief on a new “third way” educational model, here are our top five publications of the year (plus our most popular blog posts).

When Schools Come in Different Flavors, It Doesn’t Mean Families Have Options

Michael DeArmond | Thu, 12/14/2017

Michael DeArmond looks at why families still have challenges finding a school that is a good fit for their children, even when a wide mix of programs is available.