The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Charter Schools: Special Needs "Served Well Here" or "Need Not Apply"?

Robin Lake | Tue, 10/01/2013

Robin Lake explores the dynamics behind special education enrollment in charter schools and what the implications are for policy.

Will New York Reforms Survive?

Paul Hill | Tue, 09/24/2013

Paul Hill writes that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education governance reforms have created a new baseline from which the next NYC mayor should start.

Good Governance Starts and Ends with Strong Schools

Robin Lake | Tue, 09/17/2013

Robin Lake explains how CRPE's work on education governance systems is grounded in a focus on supporting effective schools.

Conflicts of Interest in Governance

Paul Hill | Tue, 09/10/2013

Paul Hill writes that, to eliminate conflicts of interest and focus on supporting effective schools, public governance entities must not operate schools directly.

Nashville Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Charter Schools

Robin Lake | Wed, 09/04/2013

Robin Lake discusses what the portfolio strategy could mean for students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Elected Boards: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

Paul Hill | Tue, 08/27/2013

Paul Hill discusses the challenge facing governance reformers to invent a form of elected governance that is insulated from domination by employees, privileged parents, contractors, or any other group.

Innovate or Die

Robin Lake | Tue, 08/20/2013

Robin Lake discusses the factors that limit or enable innovation within districts, and the need for quick and meaningful results.

Little Red Caboose or Impending Derailment? Charter Schools and Common Core

Robin Lake | Tue, 08/13/2013

Robin Lake considers what NY State's recent Common Core test results may mean for charter schools as they move toward fully implementing the standards.