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Posted: Tue. August 2, 2016, 11:49am PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger speaks with nationally syndicated Dr. Drew Pinsky on his radio show about her latest book, Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. Alger talks about ending the Department of Education, which has failed America's students since the department was formed in 1979. The bureaucracy that is added to administrator's duties by the Department of Education is harming teachers and students. Local school districts and the states are better suited to know the needs of parents and students, not federal bureaucrats in Washington, DC, says Alger.

Posted: Wed. July 20, 2016, 1:24pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failuretalks about the importance of parental choice in education. Home schooling, Education Savings Accounts, charter schools and school competition are just a few of the ideas in her book that help parents overcome the problems associated with a one-sided approach to education. The federal government has no place in education, says Alger. Parents, not bureaucrats should decide what is best for their communities and their schools.

Posted: Mon. July 18, 2016, 2:53pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children appears on The Joe Pags radio show in San Antonio, TX and discusses the themes of her new book. The US Department of Education has failed students and parents since it was created in 1979. After spending billions of dollars on bureaucratic red tape, test scores for students have remained relatively flat. Instead of federal bureaucrats making decisions that effect students, Alger says local teachers, parents and administrators are much better suited for making individual schools work better for their communities.

Posted: Mon. July 18, 2016, 2:43pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children appears on the WFTL radio and talks about the state of education in America. Alger advocates for eliminating the US Department of Education and localizing school management by allowing parents to have a choice of schools—and having schools compete for students. Public schools should not be laboratories for federal bureaucrats, says Alger. She talks about returning to teaching core subjects, not Common Core federal mandates.

Posted: Mon. July 18, 2016, 1:25pm PT

This event was held at Santa Clara University, on June 22, 2016.

Robert P. Murphy is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, President of Consulting by RPM, Senior Economist at the Institute for Energy Research, and Associated Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

He is the author of the book Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action.

Posted: Wed. June 29, 2016, 9:43am PT

This video is part of the panel "Restoring First Principles" held in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 2012.

Posted: Mon. June 27, 2016, 12:12pm PT

On the day before Great Britain votes whether or not to exit the European Union, Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell appears on the Fox Business Network to talk about the regulations that face businesses in Great Britain and the European Union. Powell discusses the ramifications of the so-called "Brexit."

Posted: Mon. June 27, 2016, 12:09pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children was a guest on the nationally syndicated Bill Martinez Live radio program to talk about the ideas in her new book. The federal government should not determine how millions of children across the country are educated, says Alger. Private parental choice scholarship programs are getting better results at a fraction of the cost of the US Department of Education's budget. Voucher scholarships and Educational Savings Accounts let parents choose alternatives to their failing public schools.