The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

Reflecting on the Portfolio Strategy and School Improvement in San Antonio

Sean Gill | Thu, 03/22/2018

Sean Gill shares takeaways from CRPE’s 15th Portfolio Network Meeting.

Wanted: District Leaders Who Can Make Tough Choices

Paul Hill | Wed, 03/21/2018

Big cities looking for school superintendents should pay attention to the progress in Chicago, writes Paul Hill.

The Special-Education Graduation Conundrum

Sivan Tuchman, Robin Lake | Tue, 03/13/2018

Sivan Tuchman and Robin Lake explore differing special-education graduation rates in two states and call on education leaders to do more to prepare students with disabilities for college and life.

Creating District-Charter Partnerships in the Lone Star State

Sean Gill | Tue, 03/06/2018

Molly Weiner of the Texas Aspires Foundation talks with Sean Gill about new legislation in Texas intended to foster partnership schools.

New NACSA Study, A First Step to Address the Critical Need for Evidence in Authorizing

Robin Lake | Thu, 03/01/2018

Robin Lake finds "trove of fine-grained guidance" for authorizers on performance management, cites areas needing further research.

Four Ways Philadelphia Can Keep Its Schools Moving in the Right Direction as District Prepares to Retake Local Control

Georgia Heyward | Mon, 02/26/2018

The nominating panel charged with selecting candidates for Philadelphia’s new nine-member school board has received its last application. Now, as the district prepares to retake local control of its schools July 1, the panel’s 13 members must identify the 27 best candidates for Mayor Jim Kenney to choose from. It will be a daunting and exciting task.

Integrating Schools in San Antonio: Start With One. An Interview with Mohammed Choudhury

Alice Opalka, Georgia Heyward | Fri, 02/23/2018

Learn about SAISD's initiative to intentionally diversify the city’s notoriously segregated public schools.

Three Ways Charter Schools Can Make Sure They Recruit, Hire, and Retain the Teachers They Need

Christine Campbell and Daniel Weisberg give three steps that charter operators, authorizers, and city-based organizations can take to ensure that charter schools have effective teachers in all classrooms.