Robin J. Lake
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?
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 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.