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Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Real-World Governance Change

Paul Hill, Ashley Jochim | Wed, 04/01/2015

Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim respond to Andy Smarick's review of their new book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, in this guest blog originally posted on Fordham's Flypaper.

Can We Agree on School Accountability?

Linda Darling-Hammond, Paul Hill | Wed, 04/01/2015

Linda Darling-Hammond and Paul Hill find common ground on educational accountability, and urge congress to do the same. This blog was originally published on The Hill's Congress blog.

Special Education Governance in New Orleans

Adam Hawf | Mon, 03/30/2015

New Orleans is the only U.S. city in which charter schools have succeeded in educating higher proportions of students with disabilities than traditional public schools. CRPE practitioner in residence Adam Hawf explains why.

When YES Means No

Robin Lake | Wed, 03/25/2015

YES Prep has pulled out of Memphis. It will take a while to uncover all the lessons from this story, writes Robin Lake in this blog, but one thing is obvious: we need more charter providers who are willing to take on the turnaround challenge. And those providers need support.

Time for Charters to Lead on Special Education

Robin Lake | Mon, 03/23/2015

Does the dogged pursuit of equity for all undermine successful efforts underway to help students? It doesn't have to, argues Robin Lake. Not only are charters well positioned to serve special needs students, yet retain their distinctive cultures, they have an obligation to try.

Honoring Our Contract: D.C.’s Effort to Ensure Equity in Public Education

Naomi Rubin DeVeaux | Mon, 03/16/2015

Guest blogger Naomi Rubin DeVeaux discusses how D.C.'s traditional and charter public schools are held accountable for ensuring an equitable education for all students.

Black Education Leaders on Why Reformers Need an Attitude Adjustment

Christine Campbell | Tue, 03/10/2015

A candid discussion between three prominent education reform leaders on what they see as problems within the movement, and what needs to change to sustain it.

Agents of Change: The Portfolio Strategy CEO

Paul Hill | Thu, 03/05/2015

Paul Hill on what it takes be an effective portfolio strategy CEO.