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AERA announces an extended deadline for the Fall 2016 AERA Grants Program competition. The program is currently accepting proposals for both Dissertation and Research Grants until Thursday, September 15, 2016. The AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets.

The Center for Finance and Policy (CFP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites nominations for its inaugural dissertation award competition. The goal of the award is to recognize and reward outstanding doctoral research that advances knowledge in the area of finance and policy.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program is accepting applications to attend the Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy: Using Large-Scale Data to Study Mathematics Education and Outcomes to be held in Washington, DC, May 10-13, 2016. The goal of the Institute is to build the capacity of the U.S.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is launching a multi-year initiative to take advantage of the state’s wealth of student, educator, and finance data to help school districts make better resource allocation decisions. ESE is currently seeking bids from qualified organizations that are interested in assisting the agency in creating actionable reports, providing technical assistance to school districts, and disseminating information statewide.

Request for Proposals to Study the Cost of an Adequate Education in Vermont The State of Vermont is seeking proposals for a study of the cost of an adequate education and the implementation of an adequacy-based education funding system. More information is available http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/education_adequacy.aspx . Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on June 30, 2015 to Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, 1 Baldwin Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

The AEFP newsletter is sent to members and helps the Board of Directors conduct the business of the organization. Our logos above illustrate our past, present and future as AEFP prepares to celebrate its 40th year.

This newletter edition includes the 2015-16 Board of Directors slate of nominees, the annual conference general session speakers, and information on the AEFP award winners and their conference sessions.

Sponsored by the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), the second edition of this groundbreaking handbook assembles in one place the existing research-based knowledge in education finance and policy, with particular attention to elementary and secondary education. Chapters from the first edition have been fully updated and revised to reflect current developments, new policies, and recent research. With new chapters on teacher evaluation, alternatives to traditional public schooling, and cost-benefit analysis, this volume provides a readily available current resource for anyone involved in education finance and policy.
The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is a partnership between Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD), which aims to produce rigorous research for the purpose of closing the socioeconomic gaps in educational achievement and attainment. HERC is funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. In this announcement, HERC requests proposals for research projects that will make use of a new longitudinal database and which aim to inform policy decisions affecting one of the nation’s largest school districts.

The 2013 AEFP Annual Conference will take place in New Orleans on March 14-16, 2013. The theme of the conference is Education Renewal and Reform  .. in the Face of Resource Constraints. Both domestic policy and global economic competition are challenging our education system to be more productive, at the same time as state and local agencies are facing continuing economic challenges. Key sessions examining these issues are being planned, as well as sessions focused on education renewal and reform in New Orleans, our host city.

As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, MIT Press has selected 50 influential articles published by them since 1969. "Teacher layoffs: An empirical illustration of seniority v. measures of effectiveness" by Donald Boyd, Hamilton Lankford, Susanna Loeb, and James Wyckoff and "The Impacts of Charter Schools on Student Achievement: Evidence from North Carolina" by Robert Bifulco and Helen F. Ladd are those of 50 influential articles.