The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

A Flexible “Third Way” Option: Partnership Schools on the Rise

Christine Campbell | Wed, 10/18/2017

Christine Campbell explains how partnership schools differ from charters, and why these new models could benefit districts, charters, and families.

Communities Need Districts and Charters to Collaborate More and Compete Less

Sharif El-Mekki | Tue, 10/17/2017

Charter School Principal Sharif El-Mekki says education leaders must work together to ensure every child has access to high-quality education

Brokering the Grand Bargain

Ethan Gray | Thu, 10/12/2017

Ethan Gray of Education Cities explains why third-party leaders can help broker meaningful district-charter partnerships.

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.