The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

District-Charter Texas Two-Step

Robin Lake | Tue, 07/29/2014

Robin Lake explains the importance of strategic district-charter partnerships, like those happening in Spring Branch, Texas.

Chartering Schools: We Have to Get It Right

Paul Hill | Thu, 07/17/2014

For chartering to work, authorizers can't be compromised by financial or political dependency on the schools they oversee, writes Paul Hill.

Taming the Many-Headed School Choice Monster

Robin Lake | Thu, 07/10/2014

Robin Lake looks at what happens in high-choice cities like Detroit when no one is responsible to ensure that there is a good school for every child.

Comprehensive Social Services Can’t Substitute for Strong Schools

Citing the experiences of Cinncinnati's community schools efforts, Hill et al. explain why NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's wrap-around services initiative needs to be part of a broader school improvement strategy.

Do Federal Regulators Need to Get Out of the Way?

Ashley Jochim, Betheny Gross | Tue, 06/17/2014

Jochim and Gross argue that, while the Feds should take a hard look at the rules and regulations they put on SEAs' use of funds, the efforts of entrepreneurial states suggest that SEAs should seize the flexibility they already have.

Market-Based Accountability Won't Be Enough

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/12/2014

Next generation accountability questions require creative thinking, honesty, and humility about the limits of market-based accountability, writes Robin Lake

Time Flies When You’re Reinventing

Robin Lake | Wed, 06/11/2014

In this final post of our “Buried Treasure” blog series, Robin Lake revisits the book that has shaped CRPE's work for 20 years: Reinventing Public Education.

Charter School Quality: Policy Matters, But So Does Implementation

Robin Lake | Tue, 06/10/2014

Robin Lake discusses why some charter sectors outpace their local district schools while others are falling behind, part of Fordham Institute's “Charter School Policy Wonk-a-Thon."