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Krista Kafer

Senior Fellow

Krista Kafer, a Colorado native, returned to her home state in 2004 after nine years in the nation’s capital where she served as the senior expert on education policy at the influential Heritage Foundation. While at the Heritage Foundation she wrote, School Choice 2003: How States Are Providing Greater Opportunity in Education, as well as numerous papers, a journal article for the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, opinion editorials, and chapters in books published by Greenhaven Press and Lexington Books.

Her analysis has been cited in leading newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Education Week, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe, and magazines such as Business Week, Forbes, World Magazine, The Economist, and Governing Magazine. She has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs including CNN’s “Live from the Headlines,” FOX News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes,” “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” and “The Big Story with John Gibson,” Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” and “Joe Scarborough Country” on MSNBC, PBS’s “DebatesDebates,” Westwood One’s “Jim Bohannon Show,” “The Kogo Nnamdi Show” on WAMU (NPR affiliate), and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “The Tavis Smiley Show.” On several occasions, she testified before Congress and state legislatures.

Kafer is now a self-employed consultant and writer, working primarily with government agencies, schools, universities and think tanks. She is a senior fellow with two Colorado think tanks — the Independence Institute and the Centenial Institute—and a Lincoln Fellow with the Claremont Institute and a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Recent Articles:

Regulators wore us down

July 15 2014


All Issues are Women's Issues

June 4 2014


Wage gap isn't so simple

April 19 2014


Rethinking Common Core

February 23 2014


War on Poverty did harm, not good

January 19 2014


Reconciling the Message of Christmas

December 24 2013


Global Warming Alarmism: Delusion or Device?

December 4 2013


Execrable Mouthful

November 20 2013


Objectifying Women for Obamacare

November 13 2013


Broken Windows Politics

November 8 2013


Liberal Conspiracy Theories Lack Imagination

October 21 2013


We're Worth the Fight

October 14 2013


Bringing a Nuke to a Fistfight

October 1 2013


What the Frack?

May 11 2013


The Trouble with Low Information Lawmakers

April 5 2013


Just Don’t Use the Word Hottie, Mr. President

April 5 2013


Who benefits? Who suffers?

March 17 2013


School Children 1, School Choice Opponents O in Colorado Court of Appeals Decision

March 1 2013


Who is Worthy of Honor?

February 19 2013


American Women’s Legacy of Liberty

February 15 2013


Promises Obama Can’t Keep

February 14 2013


Without Health Care Reform, We Don’t Have a Prayer

February 11 2013


The Real Casualties of the Government’s Welfare State

January 27 2013


Public Programs That Don't Yield Results but Give Politicians a Head Start

January 18 2013


We Can’t Legislate Away Evil

January 18 2013


The View from Out West

January 3 2013


Peace on Earth?

December 20 2012


Sex Sells… the Presidency?

October 27 2012


No Coincidence: Troubling Link Between Government Spending and Higher Tuition

August 28 2012


New Regulations as a Boon to Women

August 2 2012


Fat Doesn't Mean Stupid

June 27 2012


Eat Illegal Food

June 1 2012


Julia and Julia

May 14 2012


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