The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

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.

New CREDO Report Shows System-Level Supports, Turnaround Expertise Critical to School-Level Improvements

Robin Lake | Tue, 02/20/2018

Robin Lake offers her key takeaways from CREDO's evaluation of school turnaround efforts in New Orleans, Nashville, and Memphis.

What Continuous Improvement Networks Should Learn from District-Charter Compacts

Sean Gill | Tue, 02/06/2018

As the Gates Foundation shifts its focus to new Networks for School Improvement, Sean Gill offers some lessons from a prior initiative.

Proposal: The Future of the Charter School Movement Requires a New Political Strategy

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Wed, 01/31/2018

Robin Lake and Paul Hill propose a new political strategy to meet the need and demand for more high-quality charter schools.

Clearing the School Choice Fog for Parents

Sarah Yatsko | Thu, 01/25/2018

Increasingly complex school choice systems are spurring local organizations to offer hands-on support for low-income families.

It’s Time to Study Alternative Schools

Alex Medler | Tue, 01/23/2018

The rapid growth of alternative education campuses should drive researchers to study this new area, writes Alex Medler.

Denver’s Storied Portfolio District Is Starting to Act Like Just Another City School System

Robin Lake | Wed, 01/17/2018

Robin Lake worries that Denver Public Schools is wavering in its commitment to strong performance oversight and continuous improvement.