The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Shouldn’t Principals Speak for Their Schools? A New Approach

Christine Campbell | Fri, 03/07/2014

In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.

Wait, Who Chooses My Kid’s School?

Betheny Gross | Tue, 02/25/2014

Betheny Gross discusses the benefits and challenges of universal enrollment systems in cities with a high degree of school choice.

Shortsighted board action in L.A.

Robin Lake | Fri, 02/14/2014

Robin Lake questions the reasons behind the L.A. school board's decision not to renew two Aspire Public Schools charters.

Rethinking the State Role in Education

Paul Hill | Thu, 02/13/2014

Paul Hill shares some new ideas on how states can do more to promote effective schools.

What Does It Mean to ‘Engage’ the Public?

Christine Campbell | Thu, 02/06/2014

Christine Campbell recaps Howard Fuller's message to the Portfolio School District Network about public engagement

A Tale of Two (Charter) Cities

Robin Lake | Mon, 01/27/2014

Robin Lake cautions against celebrating school choice as an end in itself, as Detroit and other cities show that unregulated school choice is a nightmare for parents and very difficult to fix.

Columbus Children Falling Through the Cracks

Paul Hill | Tue, 01/21/2014

Paul Hill comments on the recent charter school debacle in Columbus, Ohio, and the need for a new, community-wide K-12 governance system.

Asking the Hard Questions about District-Charter Collaboration

Sarah Yatsko | Wed, 01/15/2014

Sarah Yatsko discusses the district-charter collaboration efforts that are - and are not - worth the time.