The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Smart Contracting Means Delegating, Not Abdicating

Paul Hill | Tue, 04/29/2014

Effective government contracting in education matters, writes Paul Hill, but we often ignore lessons from other sectors.

To Take the Helm, State Ed Agencies Need a Navigator

Ashley Jochim | Thu, 04/24/2014

Ashley Jochim takes a critical look at a new proposal to shrink state education agencies.

Buried Treasure: Unique Schools Serving Unique Students

Betheny Gross | Thu, 04/17/2014

Betheny Gross recalls CRPE's 2010 book on charter schools serving students with special needs and how it highlighted not just shortcomings, but innovative solutions as well.

Buried Treasure: Inside Charter Schools

Sarah Yatsko | Wed, 04/09/2014

Sarah Yatsko recalls CRPE's 2011 comprehensive charter school study, and what's changed—and hasn't changed—since its release.

Buried Treasure: It Takes a City

Ashley Jochim | Thu, 04/03/2014

Ashley Jochim explores the book's still timely political lessons on implementing and sustaining urban school reforms.

Buried Treasure: High Schools With Character

Michael DeArmond | Wed, 03/26/2014

Michael DeArmond explains how this 1990 report moved him from thinking about the classroom to thinking about the bigger picture, and led him to CRPE, where the report's underlying issues still drive much of our work.

Smart Regulation for Strong Schools

Robin Lake | Fri, 03/21/2014

Robin Lake shares lessons from the financial world that are relevant for how we oversee and regulate schools.

School Facilities Shouldn’t Be Political Spoils

Paul Hill | Thu, 03/13/2014

Control over school facilities is a powerful but easily misused governance tool, writes Paul Hill, and he's got a remedy.