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.

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,...

2018 at CRPE: Looking Around the Corner

At CRPE, our core business is gathering and analyzing evidence to inform education policy and propel systemic improvements. But what makes us unique is our ability to look around the corner to anticipate new challenges...

The Slowdown in Bay Area Charter School Growth: Causes and Solutions

This report examines why charter school growth in the San Francisco Bay Area has slowed dramatically and offers solutions for cities nationwide to encourage the development of new high-quality schools.

Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It

Our new report, Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?, finds a variety of public school choice available in cities—district-run magnet, innovation, and open-enrollment schools; charter schools overseen...

Opening the Schoolhouse Door: Helping Charter Schools Access Space in District-Owned Facilities

This paper reviews state policies on providing charter schools with facilities and recommends better incentives for districts to share space.

For public school choice, focus on reality—not rhetoric

School choice is probably the most controversial topic in public education today. The Trump administration’s support for private school vouchers has set off a rhetorical war in Washington that is increasingly playing out in states....

Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies are rooted in the community.

A Flexible “Third Way” Option: Partnership Schools on the Rise

Across the country, in Atlanta, Camden, Indianapolis and at least ten other cities, more schools are operating under a kind of partnership school model: a “third way” governance strategy that breaks through district-charter divides. Some...

Communities Need Districts and Charters to Collaborate More and Compete Less

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

Brokering the Grand Bargain

Our report, Better Together: Ensuring Quality District Schools in Times of Charter Growth and Declining Enrollment, takes an honest look at an urgent problem that has long divided education leaders. To help inform and advance...

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