The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Let's Kill Innovation

Steven Hodas | Mon, 02/16/2015

The "i" word is overused and misunderstood: Steven Hodas explains why we should instead be focusing on “dynamism,” a pragmatic approach to engaging with problems.

Walking in Memphis: A Reality Check on Civil Rights and Education

Alison Krupnick | Wed, 02/11/2015

CRPE editorial director Alison Krupnick reflects on conversations about community engagement and education reform at the recent Portfolio Network meeting.

A Grand Bargain on Title I: Fulfilling the Promise

Marguerite Roza, Robin Lake | Fri, 02/06/2015

The ESEA rewrite should require districts to level the financial playing field before doling out Title I dollars, write Marguerite Roza and Robin Lake.

What We Mean When We Talk About School Choice

Christine Campbell | Thu, 01/29/2015

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.

“That’s Not How We Do Things”: Cui Bono Redux

Steven Hodas | Wed, 01/28/2015

Steven Hodas highlights how districts use regulations to keep the status quo in place, sometimes to bizarre extremes.

Let’s Not Poke Our Own Eyes Out

Betheny Gross | Tue, 01/27/2015

Make it less intrusive and more meaningful, but don't get rid of annual testing, writes Betheny Gross.

Cui Bono: Conflicts of Interest Are in the Eyes of the Beholder

Steven Hodas | Wed, 01/21/2015

Steve Hodas describes how NYCDOE's procurement policies undermine educator initiative and its own best interest to get high-quality people and products.

Joel Klein’s New York State of Mind

Paul Hill | Wed, 01/14/2015

Paul Hill reviews Joel Klein's new book, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.