Vicki Alger Archive

Vicki 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.
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Georgia’s Ivory Tower Behavior Modification-istas



This month a campus-wide smoking ban is supposed to take effect at the University of Georgia. Students objected that the ban was not passed with adequate student or faculty input and planned to protest with a “smoke-in.” Reasonable people can agree that smoking is not healthy—but forcing smokers to quit is a “cure” that’s...
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Coming Soon to California: Teachers’ Right to Work?



Big changes could be in the works for the California Teachers Association (CTA), the state affiliate of the country’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA). The CTA claims it has 325,000 members. How many of them are voluntary dues-paying members is anybody’s guess. In the past the CTA has demolished “paycheck protection”...
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Common Core Called the “Obamacare of Education”



US Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) makes a compelling case for abolishing Common Core in a recent letter. As Newsmax reports: “As a U.S. Senator, I’ve seen the federal government make a mess of everything it touches,” the Utah Republican wrote in the email sent out Monday morning. “And if they’re allowed to stay, Common...
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Gaming Gainful Employment



It looks like the U.S. Department of Education is fudging the numbers...again. The Obama administration is taking another run at imposing onerous gainful-employment regulations on private, for-profit career colleges. Under the new proposed regulations unveiled earlier this year, for students to qualify for federal aid for-profit career colleges must prove the estimated annual loan...
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Obama’s Latest Hostile Takeover Target: Private Career Colleges



The Obama administration’s latest college crusade claims it will help students. In reality, it’s a hostile takeover attempt by government of the private for-profit career college sector that will hurt students, taxpayers, and the economy. Education Secretary Arne Duncan acknowledges that the “majority of career colleges play a vital role in training our workforce...
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Oklahoma: Losing Federal Waiver, Winning Back Rightful Control over Education



By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of...
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A Riverside High School Thinks Dumpster Diving is a Needed Life Skill for Special Education Students



Apparently dumpster diving is an important life skill for special education students, at least according to some officials at Jurupa Unified School District in Riverside County. Last week news reports surfaced that special education students at Patriot High School were searching through campus trash cans for recyclables that could be turned into cash as...
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Competing for Students, Not Federal Funding, Is Still the Best Preschool Policy



Washington, DC, is not exactly known for being on the cutting edge of innovation—especially when it comes to competition in education. Nearly three years ago the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (AFC) made headlines for its “controversial” plan requiring Head Start preschool providers to compete for renewed federal...
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Chicago Teachers Union Boss and Classic Champagne Socialism



It’s a busy time of year for Chicago Teachers Union President, Karen Lewis. Two years ago just in time for Labor Day, she was helping organize the city’s first teachers’ strike in more than 25 years—a move that was highlighted at the Midwest Marxist Conference. Last year she was busy blaming the Chicago Public...
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Parental Choice, Not Common Core, Is the Key to Academic Accountability



The more the public learns, the less it likes Common Core national standards, based on findings from various polls throughout this year. Two new national polls add even more fuel to the anti-Common Core fire. The first by Gallup and PDK International notes that last year only around one-third (34 percent) of American adults...
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