The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

College and Career Connections in Rural Schools

Paul Hill | Thu, 06/25/2015

Paul Hill continues his blog series on rural education, originally published on

Ten Years After: What's Next for New Orleans?

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/25/2015

Robin Lake kicks off a series of blogs from education leaders in New Orleans, who share their ideas on what will it take to bring the city's schools to a much higher level of success.

World-Class Standards and Place-Based Education in Rural Schools

Paul Hill | Wed, 06/24/2015

Paul Hill launches a series of blogs on rural education, originally published on

Front-Runners and Dark Horses: How Districts Are Faring on Portfolio Strategy Implementation

Christine Campbell and Jordan Posamentier provide insights on the newest annual assessment of school systems implementing the portfolio strategy.

How Choice Strengthens Schools and Families

Paul Hill | Thu, 06/11/2015

Prompted by a current focus on charter schools and backfill, Paul Hill reflects on how school choice can benefit schools, students, and parents.

Uncovering the Productivity Promise of Rural Education

Ashley Jochim, Betheny Gross | Tue, 06/02/2015

Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross suggest four ways that states can best support rural schools and districts.

Avoiding the Comprehensive Schools Trap for Charter High Schools

Paul Hill, Tricia Maas | Thu, 05/28/2015

Paul Hill and Tricia Maas explain the need for localities to focus on developing highly targeted charter high schools.

Shining a Light on Common Enrollment

Betheny Gross | Thu, 05/14/2015

Common enrollment more fairly and effectively distributes the available supply of schools, writes Betheny Gross. It also highlights the need for more high-quality schools to go around.