The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Washington's Charter Schools May Not Be "Common" But They ARE Public

Robin Lake | Fri, 12/13/2013

Contrary to early media reports that the Washington State charter school law was found unconstitutional, the judge actually upheld the entire charter law, with some minor exceptions, Robin Lake writes.

Don’t Manage Talent by Remote Control

Michael DeArmond | Tue, 12/10/2013

Michael DeArmond cautions that state-mandated teacher evaluation systems can weaken principals’ ability to manage teacher talent and urges flexibility for schools that have purposeful HR systems.

Doing No Harm

Paul Hill | Wed, 12/04/2013

District schools can hold their own - or better yet, improve - if district leaders make smart changes in response to competition from charter schools, writes Paul Hill.

Truth in Advertising in the Portfolio Strategy

Robin Lake | Tue, 11/19/2013

Robin Lake cautions those who want to support portfolio efforts need to be skeptical of people who adopt the word without being serious about implementing the reform.

Mobilizing Parents to Support Governance Reform

Paul Hill | Thu, 11/14/2013

Paul Hill discusses the importance of engaging parent support for education reforms in order to get (and keep) pro-reform leaders in office.

Reinventing Public Education Must Be About Problem Solving, Not Ideology

Robin Lake | Thu, 11/07/2013

Robin Lake writes that reinventing public education is about managing problems and trying to find the best solutions, rather than about applying a pure "model" that will work everywhere.

John Deasy and the Impossible Job

Robin Lake | Mon, 10/28/2013

Robin Lake writes about L.A. Supt. John Deasy's possible resignation and the need to fix the systems and structures that get in the way of school improvement for urban students.

Charter Schools and New York City Education Reform

Paul Hill | Thu, 10/24/2013

Paul Hill offers three lessons for reform leaders and supporters to reduce the misunderstandings and resentments that predispose voters to accept anti-reform, anti-charter rhetoric.