Vice President

Chris Braunlich is a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, and vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessary reflect the opinions of the Institute or its Board of Directors. He may be reached at

Written by Mr. Christian N. Braunlich

December 2010

Letting Schools Innovate
Letting Schools Innovate — School board members frequently say that they could accomplish the same things successful charter schools do – more, in fact –  if only they had the flexibility. A law like the “Red Tape Reduction Act” would give them that chance. In short, it makes a bargain with local school districts: “We’ll give you the flexibility you need. You produce the results.”  (12/6/2010)  Read it Here!

October 2010

The Jefferson Journal:  “Reading Disabled” … not “Learning Disabled.”
The Jefferson Journal: “Reading Disabled” … not “Learning Disabled.” — By Chris Braunlich  Did a federal program encouraging the use of scientifically-based reading methods lead to a decline in students classified as having a “specific learning disability?” And what effect did it have in Virginia? (10/08/2010  Read It Here!

July 2010

Delivering Education Direct to Desktops!
Delivering Education Direct to Desktops! — By Chris Braunlich  Polls indicate that the vast majority of Virginians are unfamiliar with online learning. Yet, today more than 70 percent of school districts in the United States offer online courses to students.  Online eduation offers a variety of new opportunities to students and school systems.  Here are some of the ways it can, and does, deliver a better and more efficient education product in Virginia. (7/28/2010)  Read It Here!


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