The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Reframing the District-Charter Narrative

Alex Medler | Tue, 10/10/2017

While sector conflicts garner the most attention nationally, writes Alex Medler, lots of constructive work is taking place locally.

District Schools? Charters? In Indianapolis, Partnership Schools Offer A Third Way

Sean Gill | Mon, 10/09/2017

Sean Gill writes about a promising new model for school improvement.

Four Reasons School Districts Can Be Financially Impaired by Charter School Growth

Carrie Stewart | Thu, 10/05/2017

Carrie Stewart of Afton Partners unpacks the fiscal complications of district enrollment decline.

Don’t Limit High-Quality Public School Options For Students

Susan Aud Pendergrass | Tue, 10/03/2017

Susan Aud Pendergrass urges districts and charters to collaborate on solutions to address declining enrollment without harming students and families.

District Schools Don’t Always Have to Close—They Can Transform

Karen Hawley Miles | Thu, 09/28/2017

School finance expert Karen Hawley Miles writes that some urban schools are finding new ways to organize resources to reach high standards.

The Forces Behind Declining Enrollment and a New Way Forward

Chester E. Finn, Jr. | Tue, 09/26/2017

Chester E. Finn, Jr., weighs in on whether districts and charters will be able to work together on the financial challenges of declining enrollment.

Experts Respond to Better Together: How Can Districts and Charters Tackle Declining Enrollment?

Paul Hill | Tue, 09/26/2017

In a new blog series, we invite several experts to weigh in on the challenges and opportunities for addressing this complex and urgent issue.

The charter movement’s “tipping point” strategy isn’t working. What now?

Robin Lake | Fri, 09/22/2017

Robin Lake opines on Mike Petrilli’s argument for just “letting school districts be school districts.”