Author Archives: Christian Braunlich

About Christian Braunlich

Chris Braunlich is president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute and a former president of the State Board of Education.The opinions expressed are his and do not necessarily represent the views of the Institute or its Board of Directors. He can be reached at [email protected]

Is Virginia Ready for Mandated Electric Vehicles?

In all of Virginia, Northern Virginia – with its urbanizing and wealthy population — is the place where electric vehicles are most likely to be popular. But will a population demanding choices support having no choice?  That’s the requirement of a law passed … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake

On being told that peasants were starving for lack of bread, Marie Antionette is reputed to have said “Let them eat cake.” Marie Antionette had nothing on Delegate Suhas Subramanyam. At a House subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, Delegate Subramanyam was … Continue reading

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Bringing New Ideas to Education

One of the challenges in public education – in any bureaucracy, public or private — is the tendency to establish an “echo chamber” of ideas. In public schools, this reinforces the loudest voices and makes it hard for creative educators … Continue reading

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Standards Decline: Can They Be Brought Back?

“… score standards were adopted that made it easier for students to pass; and changes in accreditation regulations let schoolsoff the hook for their failures.” The words of Governor Glenn Youngkin at Thursday’s unveiling of a new report analyzing the decline of … Continue reading

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Time for Public to Speak

“I urge you again to contact your Senators and Congressmen …. Tell them you believe this is an unequaled opportunity to help return America to prosperity and make government again the servant of the people.” — Ronald Reagan July 27, … Continue reading

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