Analysis: The COVID crisis cracked our education system. A new reform coalition must come together to fix it in the interest of children
Anyone who cares about kids must rejoice over their being back in school with their peers. But that should not blind us to the harsh truths we have learned about our public education system, how badly it responded to the pandemic and how, as always, it served those with loud voices and political power and...
By Robin Lake | November 15, 2021
Robin Lake: Assessing charter schools’ impact on districts is too important to get wrong
Several months ago I critiqued a report by Dr. Gordon Lafer that was published by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a think tank that has long been critical of charter schools and recently helped rally supporters of a five-year moratorium on new charters. Unfortunately, the report continues to inform policy deliberations in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom has tasked a commission to...
By Robin Lake | May 8, 2019
Robin Lake to LAUSD: Stop searching for the next superhero — hand your schools the cape
For the fifth time in the past 10 years, LAUSD is searching for a new superintendent. The school board’s list of required qualifications likely include: • Able to drive and execute on an academic improvement vision for more than 640,000 students. • Able to turn around or close hundreds of low-performing schools. • Able to...
By Robin Lake | April 2, 2018