Yesterday, groups throughout the nation, including our sister organization Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Michigan, celebrated what would have been Milton Friedman’s 101st birthday (#Milton101).
Milton Friedman was the nations most prominent economist of the 20th century. His 1980 series on PBS, “Free to Choose,” was one of the most popular shows on television to discuss economic freedom.
Friedman was incredibly passionate about school choice as well. He advocated for increasing student and parents’ options to more school since the 1950s. In 1996, he and his wife Rose founded the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
Friedman believed that it was criminal to leave children in failing public schools. He believed that competition was the best way to increase choice for parents and students. And because of competition, public and private schools would be forced to provide effective learning environments or risk losing resources.
Today in Michigan, we have had many increases in school choice from the uncapping of charter schools and the increase of cyber schools. Many districts allow inter-district school choice as well. But more can certainly be done. Michigan’s Constitution prohibits tax dollars from being spent as vouchers by parents to private or parochial schools. This must change.
Learn more about the nation’s oldest voucher program in Milwaukee program from Dr. Howard Fuller: