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Aug 02

Milton Friedman's Voucher Idea at 61

Over sixty years ago, Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman challenged the educational status quo by introducing the idea of the school voucher. Friedman argued that, when faced with the overwhelming failures of the public school system, “The only solution is to break the monopoly, introduce competition and give the customers alternatives.”

Today, American families have more options in their child’s education than ever before. Whether it’s vouchers, tax credit scholarships, or education savings accounts, the American education system looks drastically different than it did sixty years ago, all stemming Milton Friedman’s original idea of choice and competition.

Please join us for a discussion celebrating the life of Milton Friedman and a discussion of the current state of school choice in the United States today.

More About the Speakers

Dr. Patrick Wolf
Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions

Virginia Walden Ford
Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Jonathan Butcher
Education Director, Goldwater Institute

Lindsey Burke
Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy, The Heritage Foundation

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