Transformative, Evidence-Based Ideas

Focus Area:
Finance

Traditional school finance research tracks how the government distributes funds among school districts.

Instead, we focus on how districts and schools use their funds and how these uses affect students’ learning opportunities. We hope to help district and school leaders structure policy and allocate funds in ways that use every dollar to the students’ maximum benefit.

Yes, Charter Schools Inflict Some Costs on Districts. But Districts’ Financial Problems Are Far Deeper Than That

I recently wrote an essay explaining fundamental flaws in a paper by Gordon Lafer, a professor and longtime labor union analyst who published through an Oakland, California–based think tank called In the Public Interest. I...

School funds should follow students, not protect institutions

In a recent Chalkboard blog post, Helen Ladd and John Singleton summarize their study of how much it costs school districts when children move to charter schools. Much of the analysis focuses on the city...

How Can Public School Students Get the Personalization that Private Schools Offer?

Seattleites are familiar with this 48-year-old picture of two teenagers in the basement of Lakeside, a local private school. It shows Bill Gates and Paul Allen—who would later found Microsoft—working at computer terminals linked to...

4 Ways a Big New Study on School Districts, Finances & Charter Schools Is Misleading California Parents & Communities

A new report from In the Public Interest, a think tank based in Oakland, California, is getting some attention right now for purporting to show how three districts in the state are “bearing the cost...

Connecting the Dots: What Do These Examples Imply for System Change?

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and...

Solving for Complex Learners: NYC Autism Charter School

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and...

Curating a Portfolio of Student Pathways: Workspace Education

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. Today we are reexamining our old assumptions in light of new technical possibilities, changes in the economy, and...

How Can We Get Serious About Successful Pathways for Every Student?

Twenty-five years ago, CRPE was founded on the idea of the school as the locus of change. We asked, “How can public oversight and funding be made compatible with school effectiveness?” Working outward to identify...

Creating District-Charter Partnerships in the Lone Star State

The State of Texas passed an innovation law (Senate Bill 1882) in summer 2017 to foster partnership schools, much like those profiled in CRPE’s recent brief. CRPE research analyst Sean Gill spoke with Molly Weiner,...

It’s Time to Study Alternative Schools

America is trying to serve an ever-increasing proportion of its most at-risk students outside of traditional high schools. This should be studied carefully. Alternative Education Campuses (AECs) serve young people who have failed in school,...

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