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Women in Education

Education needs strong and capable leaders. Heartland is proud to present a discussion with four of the strongest and most capable leaders in education today.

May 24, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Education needs strong and capable leaders. The Heartland Institute is proud to present a discussion with four such leaders who have succeeded in transforming education across the country to be more competitive, decentralized, accountable, and accessible. These leaders believe education, first and foremost, should enrich the lives of students – not government – and parents should be able to choose the best education options for their children.

This event will take place in the Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center at Heartland and will feature these accomplished education choice defenders:

•    Vicki Alger, research fellow at the Independent Institute, who will discuss her book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children, which shows how federal government intervention has harmed the education of children across America.

•    Lindsey Burke, director of the Center for Education Policy with The Heritage Foundation, who will discuss the current state of education reform coming out of Washington, DC.

•    Leslie Hiner, vice president of programs at EdChoice, who will discuss what is happening in the states on education reform.

•    Joy Pullmann, research fellow on education policy at The Heartland Institute, who will discuss her new book, The Education Invasion, which tackles the issue of Common Core.

This discussion will prove there is hope for future generations with women like these helping lead the way toward establishing a better quality of education for all.

  • Speakers
    • Vicki Alger
      Vicki E. Alger is a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and author of the book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. She holds senior fellowships at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, DC. Alger is also president and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. Alger’s research focuses on education reforms that promote a competitive education marketplace and increase parents’ control over their children’s education. She is the author of more than 40 education policy studies and co-author of the books Lean Together: An Agenda for Smarter Government, Stronger Communities, More Opportunities for Women; Short-Circuited: The Challenges Facing the Online Learning Revolution in California; and Not as Good as You Think: Why the Middle Class Needs School Choice, as well as associate producer of the documentary Not as Good as You Think: Myth of the Middle Class School. Alger has advised the U.S. Department of Education on public school choice and higher education reform. She also has advised education policymakers in nearly 40 U.S. states and Great Britain, provided expert testimony before state legislative education committees, and served on two national accountability task forces.
    • Lindsey Burke
      As director of the Center for Education Policy, Lindsey Burke oversees The Heritage Foundation’s research and policy on issues pertaining to preschool, K–12, and higher education reform. In 2013, Burke was named the Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy, devoting her time and research to reducing federal intervention in education at all levels and empowering families with education choice. Burke’s commentary and research have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, and she has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and spoken on education reform issues across the country and internationally. She has published evaluations of education choice options for public policy foundations such as the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and EdChoice and has done extensive work developing and evaluating education savings accounts. In 2015, Burke won Heritage’s prestigious W. Glenn and Rita Ricardo Campbell Award in recognition of her work fighting against national standards and tests and for expanded education choice options. In 2017, she was named an EdChoice Fellow. Burke holds a master of teaching degree in foreign language education from the University of Virginia. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education policy and research methods at George Mason University, where she examines the intersection of education choice and institutional theory.
    • Leslie Hiner
      As vice president of programs at EdChoice, Leslie Hiner directs the educational programs and state relations of the organization’s state programs team. EdChoice is the keeper of the intellectual legacy of Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman and his equally gifted wife, economist Rose Friedman. Hiner strives to advance the Friedmans’ vision – now EdChoice’s vision – of universal educational choice to improve educational outcomes and preserve individual liberty in education. Hiner has been published and quoted in several national and state publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, The Hill, National Review, Los Angeles Times, School Reform News, Real Clear Policy, and Watchdog. She also has appeared on television, radio shows, and podcasts from coast to coast, including The Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal web series with Mary Kissel, ChoiceMediaTV, The Heartland Daily Podcast, The Morning Blaze, and Issues in Education. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of educational choice at national, state, and local events and testifies often before state legislatures. Hiner serves on the Schools That Can National Advisory Board. She is an appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Indiana State Advisory Committee and also serves as an appointee to the Indianapolis City-County Ethics Commission.
    • Joy Pullmann
      Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture. Pullmann is also a former managing editor of School Reform News. In that capacity, Pullmann interviewed and hosted podcasts with many of the leading figures in school reform. Before that, she was assistant editor for American Magazine at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the 2013–14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education standards. Pullmann has been published by The New York Times, Washington Examiner, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune, Ricochet, National Review Online, Real Clear Policy, and various other U.S. newspapers and outlets. She has written a series of Research & Commentary reports for The Heartland Institute on the Parent Trigger, a new school reform idea sweeping the country, and is coauthor with Joseph L. Bast of the Policy Brief “Design Guidelines for Parent Triggers” (Heartland Institute, 2012).
  • Schedule
    • 5:30 – 6:00
      Registration and Dinner
    • 6:00 – 6:05
    • 6:05 – 6:15
      Joy Pullmann – The Education Invasion
    • 6:15 – 6:30
      Vicki Alger – Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children
    • 6:30 – 6:45
      Lindsey Burke – Education reform at the federal level
    • 6:45 – 7:00
      Leslie Hiner – Education reform at the state level
    • 7:00 – 7:25
    • 7:25 – 7:30
      Wrap-up & adjourn
  • Register

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