The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Yes, Charter Schools Inflict Some Costs on Districts. But Districts’ Financial Problems Are Far Deeper Than That

Robin Lake | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake describes significant flaws in a paper assessing the impact of charter schools on school districts.

School funds should follow students, not protect institutions

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake and Paul Hill look at the effect of charter schools on district finances and suggest solutions to build a healthy public school choice system.

How Can Public School Students Get the Personalization that Private Schools Offer?

Paul Hill | Tue, 05/22/2018

It will take system-level changes for students to fully exploit learning opportunities, writes Paul Hill.

4 Ways a Big New Study on School Districts, Finances & Charter Schools Is Misleading California Parents & Communities

Robin Lake | Fri, 05/18/2018

Robin Lake takes issue with a large study's conclusion that charter schools are to blame for financial struggles in California school districts.

Connecting the Dots: What Do These Examples Imply for System Change?

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake considers what it would take for cities to create and oversee a diverse portfolio of learning options.

Solving for Complex Learners: NYC Autism Charter School

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake visits a resource-intensive specialized school that is helping students make the most of their lives.

Curating a Portfolio of Student Pathways: Workspace Education

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake explores an alternative learning environment that is curating a wide portfolio of options for students.

How Can We Get Serious About Successful Pathways for Every Student?

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake ponders the system changes necessary to support more personalized learning models.