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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 c.Braunlich@att.net.

Written by Mr. Christian N. Braunlich

September 2012

The Jefferson Journal:  Keeping the Aim High in Virginia
The Jefferson Journal: Keeping the Aim High in Virginia — By Chris Braunlich  A recent criticism of K-12 education in the United States has been that, on international exams like the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, American children have lagged the best Asian and European nations.  So what is the real story behind lower Math scores in the 2012 Standards of Learning exams? (9/6/2012)  Read It Here!

December 2011

The Jefferson Journal:  How Should We Fund 'Students Without Borders?'
The Jefferson Journal: How Should We Fund 'Students Without Borders?' — By Chris Braunlich  Our system of geographically-based education is challenged by the onset of virtual education, in which a student may live anywhere in the state and receive an education from anywhere in the state.   Currently, education is largely funded by state and local taxes, with huge variations based on the relative "wealth" of a jurisdiction.  But in an instructional world that doesn't recognize geographic boundaries, how should we fund online education?  Here's one idea. Read It Here!

November 2011

The Jefferson Journal:  Fair Exchange:  Waivers from NCLB for Stronger Teacher Evaluations
The Jefferson Journal: Fair Exchange: Waivers from NCLB for Stronger Teacher Evaluations — By Chris Braunlich  Local school boards are understandably drooling over the possibility of getting out from under the poorly-devised accountability rules of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  But it won't be a free ride ... (11/9/2011)  Read It Here!

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