The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Buried Treasure: High Schools With Character

Michael DeArmond | Wed, 03/26/2014

Michael DeArmond explains how this 1990 report moved him from thinking about the classroom to thinking about the bigger picture, and led him to CRPE, where the report's underlying issues still drive much of our work.

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