The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Separating Fiscal Fact from Fiction: Journalists Needed

Robin Lake | Thu, 06/13/2019

Journalists must take the lead in separating fact from fiction in the debate on charter schools' fiscal impacts on districts.

Charter Schools: Good or Bad for Students in Districts

Paul Hill | Mon, 06/10/2019

Paul Hill argues that the question of effects of charter growth on district schools and students is important enough to warrant thorough and objective study and that we should not settle for incomplete or cherry-picked evidence.

We Must Understand the Real Impact of Charter Schools on California’s School Districts

Robin Lake | Fri, 05/17/2019

Three new briefs from CRPE shed light on the debate.

Assessing Charter Schools' Impact on Districts: Too Important to Get Wrong

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/29/2019

Studies blaming long-standing problems in public education on charter schools make it harder to identify real solutions.

Back to the Future for Charter School Research

Paul Hill | Wed, 04/03/2019

Paul Hill urges reporters and analysts to make apples-to-apples comparisons when analyzing research on school outcomes. 

Learning Outside of School: Lessons from ReSchool Colorado’s First Year

Betheny Gross, Travis Pillow | Mon, 04/01/2019

ReSchool Colorado’s initiatives reveal the possibilities that could emerge if barriers between schools and communities were lowered—and if new structures to support students and their families were built in their place.

Can Teachers Bridge the Divide Between Unions and Charter Schools? Strikes in Chicago and L.A. Are Test Cases

Ashley Jochim, Lesley Lavery | Wed, 03/27/2019

Teachers and administrators in unionized charter schools have an opportunity to show that unionization can benefit teachers and kids.

Six Things We Learned about Charter Schools and Unionization

Ashley Jochim, Lesley Lavery | Fri, 03/22/2019

Our research disrupts the usual us vs. them narrative, shedding light on where, why, and how often charter school teachers are forming unions.