The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Retooling the District Operating System for Dynamism

Steven Hodas | Wed, 05/06/2015

Steven Hodas looks at the inner workings of a school district through the lens of the "district operating system."

The Charter-District Relationship: Is Generating Goodwill Enough?

Sean Gill, Sarah Yatsko | Tue, 05/05/2015

Sean Gill and Sarah Yatsko remind us about the important role district-charter compacts play in creating long-lasting, meaningful collaborations.

The High School Challenge to Districts and Charters

Paul Hill, Tricia Maas | Wed, 04/29/2015

Paul Hill and Tricia Maas discuss challenges and solutions for creating innovative new high schools.

Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

Robin Lake | Wed, 04/22/2015

Robin Lake introduces a series of new CRPE papers focusing on districtwide redesign to support innovative schools.

Charter High Schools and the “Backfill” Debate

Paul Hill, Tricia Maas | Wed, 04/08/2015

It's time for the charter sector to address the challenge of how charter high schools can meet the needs of all children in a locality, write Paul HIll and Tricia Maas.

Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

Linda Darling-Hammond, Paul Hill | Tue, 04/07/2015

Linda Darling-Hammond and Paul Hill find common ground on educational accountability, and urge congress to do the same. This blog was originally published in the Huffington Post.

What Africa Can Teach Us About Educating Low-Income Kids at Scale

Robin Lake | Thu, 04/02/2015

In developing countries, desperation is the mother of invention, driving the creation of better, affordable school options at scale. What lessons can the U.S. learn from this approach?

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.