The 2011 AEFP Annual Conference is planned for March 24-26 in Seattle, Washington. We will celebrate 36 years of contributions to educational finance and policy. The conference theme, Taking Stock in Race to the Top: Research to Inform the Next Generation of Education Reform, underscores the increasingly complex world of educational finance and policy. The conference will continue to provide a forum to present and discuss the latest educational research and policy analysis on school financing and to host vigorous debates on current educational reform and new directions in policy.
As a dynamic organization, AEFP (formerly AEFA) needs to tackle the important education finance issues of the day. They are not solely about funding mechanisms and alternative approaches to taxation. Teachers' decisions about where to teach and how to teach strongly affect the cost of education. Moreover, both federal and state policies now link governance and instructional practices directly to finance. Key education finance policymakers also are key policymakers for personnel policies, governance policies, and curricular and instructional policies.