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When YES Means No

Mar 25 2015

YES Prep has pulled out of Memphis. It will take a while to uncover all the lessons from this story, writes Robin Lake in this blog, but one thing is obvious: we need more charter providers who are willing to take on the turnaround challenge. And those providers need support.

Time for Charters to Lead on Special Education

Mar 23 2015

Does the dogged pursuit of equity for all undermine successful efforts underway to help students? It doesn't have to, argues Robin Lake. Not only are charters well positioned to serve special needs students, yet retain their distinctive cultures, they have an obligation to try.

Agents of Change: The Portfolio Strategy CEO

Mar 5 2015

Paul Hill on what it takes be an effective portfolio strategy CEO.

Walking in Memphis: A Reality Check on Civil Rights and Education

Feb 11 2015

CRPE editorial director Alison Krupnick reflects on conversations about community engagement and education reform at the recent Portfolio Network meeting.

A Grand Bargain on Title I: Fulfilling the Promise

Feb 6 2015

The ESEA rewrite should require districts to level the financial playing field before doling out Title I dollars, write Marguerite Roza and Robin Lake.

What We Mean When We Talk About School Choice

Jan 29 2015

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.

“That’s Not How We Do Things”: Cui Bono Redux

Jan 28 2015

Steven Hodas highlights how districts use regulations to keep the status quo in place, sometimes to bizarre extremes.

Let’s Not Poke Our Own Eyes Out

Jan 27 2015

Make it less intrusive and more meaningful, but don't get rid of annual testing, writes Betheny Gross.

Cui Bono: Conflicts of Interest Are in the Eyes of the Beholder

Jan 21 2015

Steve Hodas describes how NYCDOE's procurement policies undermine educator initiative and its own best interest to get high-quality people and products.

Joel Klein’s New York State of Mind

Jan 14 2015

Paul Hill reviews Joel Klein's new book, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.

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