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  • 1. The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) was founded in 1993 at the University of Washington.
  • 2. Two Premises
    • 1. Public school should be measured against the goal of educating all children well.
    • 2. Current institutions too often fail to achieve this goal.
  • 3. Target Groups
    • policymakers
    • elected officials
    • parents
    • educators
    • community leaders.
  • 4. The Center on Reinventing Public Education
    • Cultivates new ideas and fresh thinking
    • Reframes the questions, redefines the problems
    • Analyzes options, tests and ideas
    • Uses multidisciplinary approaches
    • Knows the landscape, recognizes the interconnectedness of systems
    • Eschews ideological positions
    • Connects analysis to policy at all levels
  • 5. Staffing
    • CRPE is based at the University of Washington Bothell
    • Staffed by professors, researchers, assistants, coordinators, and PR people
    • Privately funded by Bill Gates foundation
  • 6. CRPE Projects
  • 7. School Finance Redesign Project
    • The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation asked the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) to create the School Finance Redesign Project (SFRP) to help elected officials better understand how the finance system now works and to identify the options that they have in allocating resources to support K-12 education.
  • 8.
    • Are public funds now available for K-12 education focused on student learning? If not, what stands in the way?Are there good ideas about potentially more focused and effective uses of funds to promote student learning?Are there good ideas about better ways to spend money to attract and reward quality educators?Do we know enough now to say exactly how much money is needed to bring all children up to standards and to say how money should be spent?What can policymakers do to create a situation in which the right amount is spent and funds are all used effectively for student learning?
    SFRP was designed to address five questions: