The Lens
Bringing vision and clarity to education policy

An Interview with Paymon Rouhanifard: Charting Camden’s Path to Improvement

Paul Hill | Tue, 06/12/2018

The departing Camden superintendent reflects on five years of progress and the challenges that remain.

We Need to Prepare A New Generation of Education Systems Leaders

Parker Baxter | Thu, 05/24/2018

Parker Baxter at the Center for Education Policy Analysis writes that we need to prepare a new generation of education systems leaders to reimagine how education can be organized and delivered.

Yes, Charter Schools Inflict Some Costs on Districts. But Districts’ Financial Problems Are Far Deeper Than That

Robin Lake | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake describes significant flaws in a paper assessing the impact of charter schools on school districts.

School funds should follow students, not protect institutions

Robin Lake, Paul Hill | Tue, 05/22/2018


Robin Lake and Paul Hill look at the effect of charter schools on district finances and suggest solutions to build a healthy public school choice system.

How Can Public School Students Get the Personalization that Private Schools Offer?

Paul Hill | Tue, 05/22/2018

It will take system-level changes for students to fully exploit learning opportunities, writes Paul Hill.

4 Ways a Big New Study on School Districts, Finances & Charter Schools Is Misleading California Parents & Communities

Robin Lake | Fri, 05/18/2018

Robin Lake takes issue with a large study's conclusion that charter schools are to blame for financial struggles in California school districts.

Connecting the Dots: What Do These Examples Imply for System Change?

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake considers what it would take for cities to create and oversee a diverse portfolio of learning options.

Solving for Complex Learners: NYC Autism Charter School

Robin Lake | Mon, 04/30/2018

Robin Lake visits a resource-intensive specialized school that is helping students make the most of their lives.