The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Portfolio Governance Reforms: Why We Shouldn’t Wait

Robin Lake | Thu, 10/17/2013

Robin Lake discusses why the portfolio strategy is worth pursuing now, while we work to build a robust evidence base around what works and what doesn't.

Evidence Matters: Proving Whether School Reforms Make a Difference for Kids

Christine Campbell and Betheny Gross outline the kinds of evidence school districts need to provide in order for communities to decide whether education reforms are working.

Charter Schools: Special Needs "Served Well Here" or "Need Not Apply"?

Robin Lake | Tue, 10/01/2013

Robin Lake explores the dynamics behind special education enrollment in charter schools and what the implications are for policy.

Will New York Reforms Survive?

Paul Hill | Tue, 09/24/2013

Paul Hill writes that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education governance reforms have created a new baseline from which the next NYC mayor should start.

Good Governance Starts and Ends with Strong Schools

Robin Lake | Tue, 09/17/2013

Robin Lake explains how CRPE's work on education governance systems is grounded in a focus on supporting effective schools.

Conflicts of Interest in Governance

Paul Hill | Tue, 09/10/2013

Paul Hill writes that, to eliminate conflicts of interest and focus on supporting effective schools, public governance entities must not operate schools directly.

Nashville Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Charter Schools

Robin Lake | Wed, 09/04/2013

Robin Lake discusses what the portfolio strategy could mean for students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Elected Boards: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

Paul Hill | Tue, 08/27/2013

Paul Hill discusses the challenge facing governance reformers to invent a form of elected governance that is insulated from domination by employees, privileged parents, contractors, or any other group.