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Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Clash of Cultures: Blue Collar, White Collar, and School Reform

Steven Hodas | Tue, 01/13/2015

A clash of work cultures in the NYCDOE was at the heart of challenges under Joel Klein's tenure, writes Steven Hodas.

The Procurement Tightrope Shouldn’t Tie Districts in Knots

Robin Lake, Steven Hodas | Tue, 01/06/2015

Robin Lake and Steven Hodas team up to highlight the challenges innovative school chiefs face when trying to reform outdated procurement practices.

Education 2015: The City’s the Thing

Robin Lake | Tue, 12/30/2014

Robin Lake highlights 2014 CRPE accomplishments, and looks forward to 2015 goals.

Bringing Data to the School Enrollment Game

Steven Hodas | Tue, 12/16/2014

New York City is using game theory to improve matching students with public schools. But for parents, choosing schools is as difficult as ever, writes Steven Hodas.

inBloom and the Failure of Innovation 1.0

Steven Hodas | Wed, 12/10/2014

Steven Hodas illuminates the reasons behind inBloom's failure, and what innovation really means.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Insider's Perspective on Urban District Innovation

Steven Hodas | Tue, 12/09/2014

Steven Hodas provides insights into the challenges, struggles, and opportunities of large-district attempts to reform longstanding practices and change cultural norms.

How Cities Can Help Parents Navigate Public School Choice

Robin Lake | Thu, 12/04/2014

Robin Lake details key takeaways from CRPE's new survey of how parents in eight "high-choice" cities choose schools for their children.

The Portfolio Strategy Is a Problem-Solving Framework, Not a School District

Robin Lake | Tue, 11/25/2014

Robin Lake continues her discussion of Detroit's public school system and how it could benefit from using a portfolio strategy.