The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Cui Bono: Conflicts of Interest Are in the Eyes of the Beholder

Steven Hodas | Wed, 01/21/2015

Steve Hodas describes how NYCDOE's procurement policies undermine educator initiative and its own best interest to get high-quality people and products.

Joel Klein’s New York State of Mind

Paul Hill | Wed, 01/14/2015

Paul Hill reviews Joel Klein's new book, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.

Clash of Cultures: Blue Collar, White Collar, and School Reform

Steven Hodas | Tue, 01/13/2015

A clash of work cultures in the NYCDOE was at the heart of challenges under Joel Klein's tenure, writes Steven Hodas.

The Procurement Tightrope Shouldn’t Tie Districts in Knots

Robin Lake, Steven Hodas | Tue, 01/06/2015

Robin Lake and Steven Hodas team up to highlight the challenges innovative school chiefs face when trying to reform outdated procurement practices.

Education 2015: The City’s the Thing

Robin Lake | Tue, 12/30/2014

Robin Lake highlights 2014 CRPE accomplishments, and looks forward to 2015 goals.

Bringing Data to the School Enrollment Game

Steven Hodas | Tue, 12/16/2014

New York City is using game theory to improve matching students with public schools. But for parents, choosing schools is as difficult as ever, writes Steven Hodas.

inBloom and the Failure of Innovation 1.0

Steven Hodas | Wed, 12/10/2014

Steven Hodas illuminates the reasons behind inBloom's failure, and what innovation really means.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Insider's Perspective on Urban District Innovation

Steven Hodas | Tue, 12/09/2014

Steven Hodas provides insights into the challenges, struggles, and opportunities of large-district attempts to reform longstanding practices and change cultural norms.