Lake to Lead Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)

Monday, March 19, 2012

CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,

BOTHELL, Wash. – Robin Lake has been named director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington Bothell, effective March 1. Lake has served an integral role in CRPE’s success for many years, which will help ensure a seamless transition.

Since 1993, CRPE has conducted independent research and policy analysis on a range of K–12 public education reform issues, including choice & charters, finance & productivity, teachers, urban district reform, leadership, and state & federal reform.

Lake assumes the role held by CRPE Founder and Research Professor Paul T. Hill, who says Lake helped him build CRPE into a highly productive, well-respected research center.

“Under Robin's leadership I am confident that CRPE's influence and impact on America's education policy debate will continue to grow,” Hill says.

CRPE’s work is based on two premises: that public schools should be measured against the goal of educating all children well, and that current institutions too often fail to achieve this goal. Its research uses evidence from the field and lessons learned from other sectors to understand complicated problems and to design innovative and practical solutions for policymakers, elected officials, parents, educators, and community leaders.

After nearly 19 years as the head of CRPE, Hill says he is now looking forward to relaxing his work schedule so he may focus on research.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit



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