CRPE has a history of producing transformational research

CRPE’s goal is for our research to inform meaningful changes in policy and practice. The Portfolio Strategy, an approach to school governance that defines how urban school districts can manage and oversee a diverse array of schools of choice, is arguably our most influential work to date. Our founding book, Reinventing Public Education, first outlined the model, which has since been adopted by districts as diverse as New York City, New Orleans, Denver, Indianapolis, and many others, allowing us to learn from their experiences. 

Since that time our analyses have been used by leaders across the nation to inform practice and policy, including at the federal level; in 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan used CRPE fiscal analyses to bolster the case for education stimulus funding. More recently, the Biden-Harris transition team reached out to CRPE to learn more about school reopening plans.

CRPE’s COVID-19 research expanded our national and international reputation

Over the past 18 months we have focused almost all of our new work on the threats to equity and school quality posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the first organization to mount a national survey of school districts’ efforts to educate children after the spring 2020 shutdown, we became the go-to source for government and news media. We also coordinated and amplified the findings of other researchers via our Evidence Project.

Beginning in March 2020 CRPE researchers compiled databases of school district plans from across the country, constantly adding new indicators to reflect the rapidly changing realities on the ground. CRPE’s analysis shaped the public debate and informed media coverage of critical issues related to remote learning. Major newspaper editorial pages, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, regularly cite our work. Over the past year, CRPE experts have been quoted in national and regional outlets such as NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Politico, TIME, the Houston Chronicle, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Boston Globe.

CRPE director Robin Lake delivered remarks to members of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee on the impact of COVID-19. Our research team has received dozens of requests for advice and guidance from practitioners and policymakers and has been asked to present at virtual conferences and webinars. In the past year, CRPE experts have presented findings to inform more than a dozen national and local foundations, as well as state and federal congressional staff and the Biden-Harris transition team, to help inform their pandemic response strategies.

Testimonials from policymakers, practitioners, and journalists highlight CRPE’s impact