The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Innovation in Progress: Proceed with Caution

Tricia Maas | Fri, 05/30/2014

As a new study adds to a growing consensus about the keys to successful blended-learning implementation, Tricia Maas offers up a running list of lessons learned.

Buried Treasure: An Impossible Job? The View From the Urban Superintendent's Chair

Christine Campbell | Thu, 05/22/2014

Christine Campbell considers how the job of today's urban superintendent has changed—and how it hasn't—since this report was published a decade ago.

Charter Regulation: How Much Is Too Much?

Robin Lake | Mon, 05/12/2014

Complaining about too much regulation won't help the charter movement or kids, writes Robin Lake.

Getting from Here to There in Governance Reform

Paul Hill | Wed, 05/07/2014

Transforming the school district requires a transition strategy that protects kids who remain in district-run schools, writes Paul Hill.

Buried Treasure: A New Look at Inequities in School Funding

Larry Miller | Thu, 05/01/2014

Larry Miller revisits the groundbreaking study that revealed how the budgeting system used by most districts was broken - and how to fix it.

Smart Contracting Means Delegating, Not Abdicating

Paul Hill | Tue, 04/29/2014

Effective government contracting in education matters, writes Paul Hill, but we often ignore lessons from other sectors.

To Take the Helm, State Ed Agencies Need a Navigator

Ashley Jochim | Thu, 04/24/2014

Ashley Jochim takes a critical look at a new proposal to shrink state education agencies.

Buried Treasure: Unique Schools Serving Unique Students

Betheny Gross | Thu, 04/17/2014

Betheny Gross recalls CRPE's 2010 book on charter schools serving students with special needs and how it highlighted not just shortcomings, but innovative solutions as well.