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The Charles Blaschke Education Technology Archive is an on-line digital repository that holds the collected business and personal research papers of Mr. Charles Blaschke (1941-2018) who was the President and Founder of Education Turnkey Systems, Inc. (TURNKEY). Starting in 1969, TURNKEY offered technology-related services to education firms and education agencies. This collection of Mr. Blaschke’s papers provides researchers with rare, historical documentation on the evolution of federal support for K-12 education (esp. Title I funding) and Federal education technology policy.
The bulk of Mr. Blaschke’s papers are available in the archive, but more will be added as materials are reviewed and we secure permission to include previously published material. For questions about the archive or to request access to materials not yet accessible on-line, contact: Dr. Lori L. Taylor.
TXSmartSchools.org is an online resource which uses academic, financial, and demographic data to create apples-to-apples measures of academic progress and cost effectiveness. The goal is to improve education by identifying Smart Schools that produce high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective operations, and then highlighting their successful practices.
TXSmartSchools.org is built on the foundational work of the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) launched by Susan Combs during her tenure as Texas Comptroller. The Texas Smart Schools Initiative was initially sponsored by Susan Combs through a five-year grant from Texans for Positive Economic Policy. The project is administered by the Mosbacher Institute and Texas A&M University. Dr. Lori Taylor is the Principal Investigator.