Each year the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice celebrates Friedman Legacy Day to honor the achievements and influence of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman (1912-2006). Among his many other accomplishments, Friedman was one of the earliest and most articulate proponents of school choice, arguing that a government-run monopoly on educational services inevitably suffers from high costs, inefficiency, and lackluster outcomes. By allowing public funding for education to follow students and empowering parents to decide which schooling options were best for their own children, Friedman argued that innovation and lasting improvement could follow.
This year the Bluegrass Institution for Public Policy will sponsor a Friedman Legacy Day event on Thursday, August 1, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Eastern time at Midwest Church of Christ, 2115 Garland Avenue in Louisville. See more details here.
Speakers will include Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville), a longstanding advocate for public charter schools in Kentucky, and Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green), state senate education chair. Kentucky is one of only a handful of states that does not permit a public charter school option for parents. A panel discussion will also explore how Milton Friedman's philosophy of choice and freedom can improve Kentucky's public policies in general.
I'll be at this event and hope to see other education scholars and P-12 practitioners. You can read more of my own writings about school choice here.