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.

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.