Paul Hill

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    Paul T. Hill is the John and Marguerite Corbally Professor at the University of Washington Bothell and Director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, which develops, tests, and helps communities adopt alternative governance systems for public K-12 education. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings and Hoover Institutions and directed the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education. Dr. Hill chairs the National Charter School Research Project and leads its Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel, which authored the influential white paper, Key Issues in Studying Charter Schools and Achievement: A Review and Suggestions for National Guidelines (May 2006). Dr. Hill's current work on public education reform focuses on school choice, finance, accountability, and charter schools. His books include Charter Schools Against the Odds (2006); Making School Reform Work: New Partnerships for Real Change (2004); Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education (2002); It Takes A City: Getting Serious About Urban School Reform (2000); and Fixing Urban Schools (1998). He is the lead author (with Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie) of Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools (1997). That book concludes that public schools should be operated by independent organizations under contract with public school boards, rather than by government bureaucracies. His ideas profoundly influenced the Education Commission of the States 1999 national commission report, Governing America's Schools. Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Seattle University, all in political science.


Remembering an Academic, Entrepreneur, and Leader

John Chubb’s pioneering work in education policy

Street-Savvy School Reform

Lessons learned from six big-city school systems

Can We Get Governance Right?

How to fix public education governance in the United States is not a new question.

A Foundation Goes to School

Bill and Melinda Gates shift from computers in libraries to reform in high schools

Winter 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 1

Hero Worship

Cities look for a savior to transform their school systems, lasting reform takes a sustained, community-wide effort

Winter 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 4

Blog Posts/Multimedia

A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

Students need to know that the economy constantly changes and that everyone, no matter how well educated, must be alert to trends in the demand for skills.


“Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick”: Why State Chiefs Should Do Both

To fully exploit ESSA’s expanded possibilities for state leadership on school and district improvement, state superintendents will need a wide range of skills.


Policy, Pilots and the Path to Competency-Based Education: A Tale of Three States

Our traditional, time-based education system advances students based primarily on their age, regardless of their depth of understanding.


Wells Fargo and the Atlanta Schools Testing Scandal

Wells Fargo is learning a hard and correct lesson—that performance incentives need to be realistic, that results must be checked, and that managers must question rosy results.


What’s at Stake in the Ongoing Fight About School Spending Comparability?

Today’s dispute over comparability marks the midpoint in a decades-long struggle over whether districts have a right to skimp on funding their most troubled schools.


Rumors of Death Premature: Portfolio Management Still Alive and Kicking in New Orleans

Can the portfolio strategy in New Orleans still fog a mirror, or is it dead as Jay Greene has just announced? It looks pretty lively, with all public school kids in charter schools and results improving steadily.


A Response to “Breaking the Mold”

Mike Kirst’s review of our book, A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, is insightful and constructive and raises important questions about how our proposal would work in practice.

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