Author

Robin J. Lake

    Author Bio:
    Robin J. Lake is the director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington.


Articles

Why Is Charter Growth Slowing?

Lessons from the Bay Area

SUMMER 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 3

Fixing Detroit’s Broken School System

Improve accountability 
and oversight for district and charter schools

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

Education Next talks with Robin J. Lake, Gary Miron, and Pedro A. Noguera

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

The Key Is Innovation, Not Regulation

Part of the forum: Should Charter Schools Enroll More Special Education Students?

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Blog Posts/Multimedia

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

The charter movement now has a limited constituency and some real enemies who are not likely to be deflected by facts or argument.

02/01/2018

The Charter Movement’s ‘Tipping Point’ Strategy Isn’t Working. What Now?

Figuring out how to help districts thrive in a high-choice environment is one of the toughest challenges out there.

09/21/2017

Disability Rights Advocates Are Fighting the Wrong Fight on School Choice

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.

08/14/2017

‘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.

07/13/2017

Personalized Learning Will Live or Die on Ability to Manage Change

Schools can struggle to pull off a shift to personalized learning, especially among more veteran teachers wedded to old ways.

06/02/2017

Are We Personalizing Learning for the Students Who Need It Most?

Personalizing learning to reach all students takes alert teachers, strong school leadership, and creative thinking.

05/04/2017

Charters Must Avoid Recreating the Failed School District Financial Model

It’s troubling to see that many charter schools and CMOs are steadily accumulating fixed costs.

04/19/2017

Is Charter School Growth Flat-Lining?

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.

03/01/2017

Necessity, Not Nicety: What We’ve Learned About District-Charter Alliances

In some of the cities known as ground zero for noisy fights about charter schools, quiet partnerships are underway between district and charter leaders.

02/01/2017

Six Unifying Education Policy Ideas for 2017

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.

01/12/2017

Will the New Administration Love School Choice to Death?

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.

11/23/2016

Can Civil Rights Institutions Keep Up as Public Education Evolves?

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.

10/26/2016

Taking a Lesson from The Boys in the Boat and Aiming for ‘Swing’

The extreme focus, teamwork, effort, and joy that drive elite winning teams are exactly what’s required to turn around our lowest-performing schools.

08/17/2016

How DC and New Orleans Are Addressing Excessive Discipline While Respecting School Autonomy

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.

06/22/2016

Following the Money in Personalized Learning

Can personalized learning schools sustain expensive staffing models and technology costs after private funding runs out?

04/27/2016

I Ain’t Talking to You If You Ain’t Talking About Structural Reform

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.

02/10/2016

Can City Schools Address the Achievement and Opportunity Gap?

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.

11/02/2015

Fix Online Charter School Policy: It’s Past Time

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.

10/29/2015

Court Ruling Against Charter Schools Romanticizes an Obsolete Version of Local Control

With its ruling, the court has locked Washington State into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling.

09/10/2015

Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

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.

04/23/2015

How a Portfolio District Differs from a School District: A Response to Jay Greene

Plus what it would really mean to let the market work itself out

11/14/2014

What’s Next for Detroit’s Troubled Schools?

What the city needs is a portfolio manager for its schools.

11/13/2014
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