Vicki Alger Archive

Vicki E, Alger is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Senior Fellow and Director of the Women for School Choice Project at the Independent Women’s Forum. She is the author of the Independent book, Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children.
Full Biography and Recent Publications

The Fight for Freedom Must Continue Post-Janus



Any day now the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the outcome of which will have major implications.

New Poll Suggests Lessons Teachers Unions Should Remember in November



A growing number of parents may be voting with their feet this fall by taking advantage of Arizona’s expansive educational choice programs.

Florida Becomes First State to Offer Student Safety Scholarships



No parent should have to play “Mother, may I” with the state or federal government to enroll their child in a school they think is safe.

Sacramento Should Celebrate National School Choice Week with Bold, Student-Centered Thinking



California’s current education system, which largely rations education based on where a child’s parents can afford to live, is a relic of a bygone era.

Want a Choice Not an Echo in Education? Then Keep the Feds Out



A provision of the recent House GOP tax plan would allow parents to use up to $10,000 of their 529 college savings plans for K-12 expenses including private school tuition. Parental choice in education is a bedrock Republican principle, and President Trump along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are leading advocates. Yet even if…
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Why Subsidize the U.S. Department of Education When We Could Be Funding ESAs Ourselves?



Last month marked the 38th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Department of Education. Proponents insisted that elevating the Office of Education to a Cabinet-level department would improve federal education spending efficiency as well as student achievement. Opponents countered that there is scant (if any) evidence that increasing federal control over education would…
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Enabling California K-12 Students to Thrive through Education Savings Accounts



California is an innovation leader in lots of areas except one: K-12 education. Enacting education savings accounts (ESAs) would help. As I detail in a new policy report, California’s public-school system, which largely rations education based on where a child’s parents can afford to live, is a relic of a bygone era. Such a…
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Compounding California’s Student Preparation Problem



California State University officials want more undergraduates to earn their degrees and do so more quickly. Yet their “solution” could compound the more fundamental problem that too many students are graduating without being prepared. CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White issued an executive order last month that changes policies affecting entering freshmen’s knowledge assessments and…
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$13 Billion in the School Supplies “Poorhouse”



This summer Tulsa Public Schools third-grade teacher Teresa Danks made national headlines when she decided to panhandle for school supplies. Sick of spending as much as $2,000 of her $35,000 salary each year on the school supplies her classes needed, Danks decided to beg for supplies instead. Dubbed the “Panhandling Teacher,” Danks received over…
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Illinois Passes Its First, Country’s 18th, Tax-Credit Scholarship Program



This week the Illinois legislature passed legislation creating the country’s 18th tax-credit scholarship program, and the bill is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who’s said he’ll sign it. UPDATE: Gov. Rauner signed the bill (see here). Officially called the Invest in Kids Act, Illinois’ flagship tax-credit scholarship program was passed as part…
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