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

January 2011

Two Reforms for Virginia's Students
Two Reforms for Virginia's Students — By Chris Braunlich  Polls demonstrate that Virginians support the concept of performance pay for teachers and creating incentives for the private sector to offer scholarships for low income students.  But until now, little progress has been made on either front.  That may be about to change ... (1/21/2011)  Read It Here!

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!
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