Robin J. Lake
Lessons from the Bay Area
Improve accountability and oversight for district and charter schools
Education Next talks with Robin J. Lake, Gary Miron, and Pedro A. Noguera
Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?
The charter movement now has a limited constituency and some real enemies who are not likely to be deflected by facts or argument.
Figuring out how to help districts thrive in a high-choice environment is one of the toughest challenges out there.
Rather than expending effort to fight school choice, we need to focus on fighting for policies that will make choice work well for students with special needs.
‘It’s Not My Problem!’ Why Charter Schools and Districts Need to Work Together on the Politics of School Closure
Failure to find politically viable pathways to replacing low-performing schools can bring both district improvement strategies and charter growth to a halt.
Schools can struggle to pull off a shift to personalized learning, especially among more veteran teachers wedded to old ways.
Personalizing learning to reach all students takes alert teachers, strong school leadership, and creative thinking.
It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.
The rate of charter school growth was at 6 to 8 percent until the 2014-2015 school year. It is now down to 1.8 percent.
In some of the cities known as ground zero for noisy fights about charter schools, quiet partnerships are underway between district and charter leaders.
We won’t make progress on education if we keep pushing our same old ideas. Let’s make 2017 the year for inventiveness, evidence, and humility.
Given the largely successful push by teachers unions and other opponents of public school choice to brand charter schools as a conservative, partisan issue, the last thing public charter schools need is to have the next president feed the “end of public education” narrative.
Black families appreciate what advocacy groups have done to end discriminatory segregation, but they also want to be able to choose the school that works best for their child.
The extreme focus, teamwork, effort, and joy that drive elite winning teams are exactly what’s required to turn around our lowest-performing schools.
No one doubts that suspension and expulsion rates in too many public schools are far too high. But simply telling schools to “do less” suspensions and expulsions, has not worked.
Can personalized learning schools sustain expensive staffing models and technology costs after private funding runs out?
In a compelling recent blog post, Washington State’s new Teacher of the Year, warned that he won’t be taking positions on most of the hot policy topics of the day. He said he wants to use his new bully pulpit to talk about the only things that really matter: resource inequities and the need for more high-quality and diverse teachers.
A new report looks at how public education is delivering on the promise of educational opportunity in 50 mid- to large-sized cities in the United States.
A trio of new studies show that most online charter schools don’t work in their current context, but they don’t show that they can’t work.
With its ruling, the court has locked Washington State into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling.
Districts are currently unwittingly hostile to school-level innovation. For that to change, they must aggressively work to change the incentives, policies, and structures so that they encourage and free up schools to innovate.
Plus what it would really mean to let the market work itself out
What the city needs is a portfolio manager for its schools.