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Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Taming the Many-Headed School Choice Monster

Robin Lake | Thu, 07/10/2014

Robin Lake looks at what happens in high-choice cities like Detroit when no one is responsible to ensure that there is a good school for every child.

Comprehensive Social Services Can’t Substitute for Strong Schools

Paul Hill, Joseph Jones | Thu, 06/26/2014

Citing the experiences of Cinncinnati's community schools efforts, Hill et al. explain why NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's wrap-around services initiative needs to be part of a broader school improvement strategy.

Do Federal Regulators Need to Get Out of the Way?

Ashley Jochim, Betheny Gross | Tue, 06/17/2014

Jochim and Gross argue that, while the Feds should take a hard look at the rules and regulations they put on SEAs' use of funds, the efforts of entrepreneurial states suggest that SEAs should seize the flexibility they already have.

Market-Based Accountability Won't Be Enough

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/12/2014

Next generation accountability questions require creative thinking, honesty, and humility about the limits of market-based accountability, writes Robin Lake

Time Flies When You’re Reinventing

Robin Lake | Wed, 06/11/2014

In this final post of our “Buried Treasure” blog series, Robin Lake revisits the book that has shaped CRPE's work for 20 years: Reinventing Public Education.

Charter School Quality: Policy Matters, But So Does Implementation

Robin Lake | Tue, 06/10/2014

Robin Lake discusses why some charter sectors outpace their local district schools while others are falling behind, part of Fordham Institute's “Charter School Policy Wonk-a-Thon."

Keeping Personalized Learning Schools on Track

Larry Miller, Betheny Gross | Fri, 06/06/2014

Larry Miller and Betheny Gross discuss the role of charter school authorizers in the effort to increase personalized learning programs in schools

Conserving Principal and Teacher Talent

Paul Hill | Wed, 06/04/2014

Every city has school leaders and teachers who are skillful, well prepared, and eager to make a difference. Paul Hill suggests an autonomy pilot for finding hidden talent.