Libertarian Party of San Francisco Panel on School Choice


Jun 21, 2018 – 5:30 PM

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Join the Libertarian Party of San Francisco for our 5th annual panel discussion. We will be discussing the pros and cons of school choice.  Panelists: Vicki E. Alger is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and holds Senior Fellowships at the Fraser Institute, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on education reforms that promote a competitive education marketplace and increase parents’ control over their children’s education. Alger has advised the U.S. Department of Education on public school choice and higher education reform. She is the author of more than forty education policy studies and four books, most recently, Failure: The Federal "Misedukation" of America’s Children. Carol Kocivar has worked to improve public education ever since her two children attended public schools in San Francisco. She is a past President of the California State PTA and has advocated for adequate school funding, small class sizes, arts for all children, special education funding, physical education and counselors, civics education, and the defeat of vouchers. She has worked as a journalist, and attorney, and ombudsperson for special education. She hosts "Looking at Education” on KALW radio 91.7 FM in San Francisco and is a writer for, a web resource to create informed parent leaders.  Michael Strong has been an educator for thirty years, starting as a public school reformer and then creating a series of innovative, high performance schools, both private and charter.  A charter high school he co-founded and led in northern New Mexico was ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. on the Washington Post's Challenge Index despite being located in one of the lowest performing regions of the U.S.  He most recently founded the Academy of Thought and Industry, a network of innovative schools with campuses in San Francisco, Austin, and Manhattan.  Michael is the author of The Habit of Thought:  From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice. Moderator: Allen Saakyan, founder of Simulation Simulation is a multidisciplinary daily show and live event series featuring some of the greatest scientists, entrepreneurs, technologists, and educators of our time discussing humanity's most thought-provoking questions. Website: simulationseries.comYouTube: on Patreon: Schedule 5:30-6:30 Reception6:30-7:45 Panel7:45-8:00 Audience Q&A8:00-8:30 Reception Refreshments will be served. For all inquiries or to submit a question to the panel, e-mail Rebecca Lau at

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