The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

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.”

Returning the Favor: David Osborne Goes Deep in "Reinventing America's Schools"

Paul Hill | Wed, 09/06/2017

Paul Hill shares his thoughts on David Osborne's new book, Reinventing America's Schools.

How Politics Can Enhance the Work of School Reform

Ashley Jochim | Sat, 08/26/2017

In Education Week, guest blogger Ashley Jochim explains how politics can encourage individual buy-in and help policyholders solve public problems over the long term.

Evidence Isn't Enough: Good Policy Needs Good Politics

Ashley Jochim | Thu, 08/24/2017

In Education Week, guest blogger Ashley Jochim argues that education reformers need to act strategically to build strong coalitions and increase political support.

How Denver Is Working to Improve Its Portfolio of Schools

Brian Eschbacher | Wed, 08/23/2017

Denver Public Schools’ Brian Eschbacher shares the district’s goals and progress on increasing the diversity of school options available to Denver families.