The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Smart Regulation for Strong Schools

Robin Lake | Fri, 03/21/2014

Robin Lake shares lessons from the financial world that are relevant for how we oversee and regulate schools.

School Facilities Shouldn’t Be Political Spoils

Paul Hill | Thu, 03/13/2014

Control over school facilities is a powerful but easily misused governance tool, writes Paul Hill, and he's got a remedy.

Shouldn’t Principals Speak for Their Schools? A New Approach

Christine Campbell | Fri, 03/07/2014

In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.

Wait, Who Chooses My Kid’s School?

Betheny Gross | Tue, 02/25/2014

Betheny Gross discusses the benefits and challenges of universal enrollment systems in cities with a high degree of school choice.

Shortsighted board action in L.A.

Robin Lake | Fri, 02/14/2014

Robin Lake questions the reasons behind the L.A. school board's decision not to renew two Aspire Public Schools charters.

Rethinking the State Role in Education

Paul Hill | Thu, 02/13/2014

Paul Hill shares some new ideas on how states can do more to promote effective schools.

What Does It Mean to ‘Engage’ the Public?

Christine Campbell | Thu, 02/06/2014

Christine Campbell recaps Howard Fuller's message to the Portfolio School District Network about public engagement

A Tale of Two (Charter) Cities

Robin Lake | Mon, 01/27/2014

Robin Lake cautions against celebrating school choice as an end in itself, as Detroit and other cities show that unregulated school choice is a nightmare for parents and very difficult to fix.