Touts Lake: Districts v. Charters Is the Wrong Battle to Pick; Political Leaders Must Focus on the Right One High school students during a welcome assembly on the first day of school at New West Charter School in West Los Angeles in 2014. (Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images) By Robin Lake June 16, 2019 Untangle Your Mind! Sign up for our free newsletter and start your day with clear-headed reporting on the latest topics in education. Sign Up Most Popular School (In)Security Florida Students Seize on ‘Parental Rights’ to Stop Educators From Hitting Kids News Why $2B in New School Funding Is Leaving Minnesota Districts Scrambling for Cash Analysis Wrong Ideas about Teacher Pay, Happiness May Keep Students from the Profession Analysis Key to Improving America’s Schools: Rethinking School Staffing & Teacher Quality Future of High School Future-Proof Your Teen: 5 Game-Changing School Tips for Parents Get stories like these delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for The 74 Newsletter Republish This Article Learn More Robin Lake is executive director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, part of Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.