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

For Once, Compromise and Consensus Rule

Conservatives have always been skeptical about building massive government-run preschool programs. They frequently cite the cost, or the fact that some studies show the effects of pre-k programs fade or disappear over time. Liberals, meanwhile, are customarily critical of anything … Continue reading

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Equal Access for Teachers?

Should Virginia teachers have equal access to any legitimate employee association offering professional support, insurance and other benefits, so they can find the best deal for their money? Legislation introduced by Senator William DeSteph would give non-profit Virginia teacher associations … Continue reading

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Party of the Rich?

“Our tax code should work for everyone – not just for the highest earners.  That’s only fair.  But Washington is actually making these disparities worse” Governor Ralph Northam• “State of the Commonwealth” Address Actually, it’s the other way around. The … Continue reading

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Want to Honor Barbara Bush? Read to a Child

“So there’s a reading circle and all the kids have a book and they’re passing the book kid to kid and they passed it to me and I couldn’t read.” That’s a dyslexic Neil Bush, describing the moment his mother … Continue reading

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Need “Consensus”? Try Pre-K for At-Risk Students

If Governor Ralph Northam is looking for a place to build legislative consensus, here’s one place to start: Support for pre-k programs aimed at better preparing at-risk four-year-olds for kindergarten and beyond. True, conservatives remain skeptical about building massive universal … Continue reading

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