Jordan Posamentier is a former research analyst at CRPE.
As states unfurl their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, we’ve been hearing a common dialog from state education leaders—promising on the one hand, troubling on the other.
States diverge considerably in their philosophy about the relationship between school districts and charter schools, and the difference seems to matter to local collaboration efforts.
Five years ago, Baltimore City Public Schools seemed on the brink of a breakthrough. By almost all accounts, the district-led portfolio system—traditional and charter school options, all authorized and managed by City Schools’ central office—was working.
This analysis of trends across portfolio districts shows where cities are making progress on strategy implementation and where they are getting bogged down.
This piece was originally published as part of Fordham’s 2016 Wonkathon in response to the question: What are the “sleeper provisions” of ESSA that might encourage the further expansion of parental choice, at least if advocates seize the opportunity?
This paper reviews trends around changing student populations in suburban America and the accompanying demands facing suburban public school systems.
Grappling with new ways to solve problems is a regular challenge in the K–12 space, yet good ideas don’t fall from the trees.
What happens to a city when “the big one” hits? Depending on where you live, the big one could be a flood, a tornado, a hurricane.
Every spring for the past three years, CRPE has reviewed how school systems implementing the portfolio strategy are faring. Through phone interviews with key contacts in these districts—sometimes the superintendent, sometimes a cabinet member—we look at each of the strategy’s key components, catalog work underway in each area, and score results based on a rubric.