The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

In New Orleans, the Work Has Just Begun

Paul Hill | Thu, 08/28/2014

Paul Hill recalls New Orleans' public education system since Hurricane Katrina, and discusses potential future pitfalls and opportunities.

Making School Choice Work Requires Leadership

Robin Lake | Wed, 08/20/2014

While school choice has created new possibilities, it can also create serious access challenges for disadvantaged families, writes Robin Lake.

How the Portfolio Strategy Evolved from Idea to Action

Christine Campbell | Thu, 08/14/2014

Christine Campbell writes about the history of the Portfolio strategy and how it continues to influence education reform throughout the country.

Real-Dollar Spending Analyses: One of the best things we ever did

Paul Hill | Wed, 08/06/2014

Paul Hill writes about the start of CRPE's groundbreaking school finance work, while Russlynn Ali's essay explains how she put that research into practice.

District-Charter Texas Two-Step

Robin Lake | Tue, 07/29/2014

Robin Lake explains the importance of strategic district-charter partnerships, like those happening in Spring Branch, Texas.

Chartering Schools: We Have to Get It Right

Paul Hill | Thu, 07/17/2014

For chartering to work, authorizers can't be compromised by financial or political dependency on the schools they oversee, writes Paul Hill.

Taming the Many-Headed School Choice Monster

Robin Lake | Thu, 07/10/2014

Robin Lake looks at what happens in high-choice cities like Detroit when no one is responsible to ensure that there is a good school for every child.

Comprehensive Social Services Can’t Substitute for Strong Schools

Citing the experiences of Cinncinnati's community schools efforts, Hill et al. explain why NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's wrap-around services initiative needs to be part of a broader school improvement strategy.