The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

A Tale of Two (Charter) Cities

Robin Lake | Mon, 01/27/2014

Robin Lake cautions against celebrating school choice as an end in itself, as Detroit and other cities show that unregulated school choice is a nightmare for parents and very difficult to fix.

Columbus Children Falling Through the Cracks

Paul Hill | Tue, 01/21/2014

Paul Hill comments on the recent charter school debacle in Columbus, Ohio, and the need for a new, community-wide K-12 governance system.

Asking the Hard Questions about District-Charter Collaboration

Sarah Yatsko | Wed, 01/15/2014

Sarah Yatsko discusses the district-charter collaboration efforts that are - and are not - worth the time.

The Big Message from NAEP TUDA

Paul Hill | Fri, 12/20/2013

Paul Hill's takeaway from the NAEP TUDA scores: the problem of educating low-income and minority children in big cities is still waiting to be solved.

What the NAEP TUDA Results Don’t Tell Us

Robin Lake | Thu, 12/19/2013

Robin Lake writes that the NAEP TUDA results—and the reaction they cause—are a reminder of the need for meaningful educational outcome data in cities.

State Chiefs Need To Cage-Bust, Too

Robin Lake | Wed, 12/18/2013

State education agency leaders too often wring their hands about not having any control over districts instead of finding ways to take advantage of the current leverage they have, writes Robin Lake.

Washington's Charter Schools May Not Be "Common" But They ARE Public

Robin Lake | Fri, 12/13/2013

Contrary to early media reports that the Washington State charter school law was found unconstitutional, the judge actually upheld the entire charter law, with some minor exceptions, Robin Lake writes.

Don’t Manage Talent by Remote Control

Michael DeArmond | Tue, 12/10/2013

Michael DeArmond cautions that state-mandated teacher evaluation systems can weaken principals’ ability to manage teacher talent and urges flexibility for schools that have purposeful HR systems.