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September 03, 2009
September 09, 2009
I had the good fortune of attending the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) conference last week. AEFP attracts some of the nation’s finest researchers along with a small smattering of policymakers and advocates. Cutting-edge research on topics ranging from parents and school choice, adequacy in school funding, and value-added accountability were presented, and the working papers are online and well worth perusing.
The conference was a veritable buffet of dialogue on education research and policy, and the following are the three main ideas I took away:
Research and policymaking should go hand-in-hand. Yet, far too often they’re more like long-lost relatives than kissing cousins. AEFP is leading the charge in linking research with policy—and we need more dialogue that cuts across the research and policymaking environments.