Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
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|The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice|
|Founder(s)||Milton & Rose D. Friedman|
|Mission||Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman’s vision of school choice for all children.|
|Chairman||Dr. Patrick Byrne|
|President & CEO||Robert Enlow|
One American Square, Suite 2420Indianapolis, IN 46282
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization dedicated to school choice and education reform. The Friedman Foundation was founded in 1996 by Nobel laureate Milton Friedman and his wife, economist Rose Director Friedman. It was originally known as the Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation.
In 1955, Milton Friedman put forth an idea of using free market principles to improve the United States public school system. Typically, public schools are funded by state and local taxes, and children are assigned a public school based on where their parents live. Friedman proposed that parents should be able to receive those education funds in the form of vouchers, which would allow them to choose their children's schools, including both public and private, religious and non-religious options.
The Foundation follows in Friedman’s view and is focused on the creation and expansion of school choice programs, either through vouchers, tax-based incentive programs, education savings accounts.
Research and Data Analysis
The Friedman Foundation focuses its research on fiscal analyses of school choice, voter surveys, district- and state-level issues in public schools, and examinations of the private school sector.
The Friedman Foundation produces two publications regularly sent to policymakers and supporters of school choice:
- "The School Choice Advocate" – A quarterly newsletter that regularly provides a message from the Friedman Foundation's president and CEO, "A Parent's Perspective" from someone who is using or wants to use school choice, and a "Two-Minute Talk" providing a unique perspective on school choice from an expert or advocate on education reform.
- "The ABCs of School Choice" – An annual, comprehensive guide to every private school choice program in America. "The ABCs of School Choice" provides a summary of each voucher, tax-credit scholarship, education savings account, and individual tax credit/deduction program in operation. The publication details each program's funding levels, eligibility requirements, historic participation rates, stories of enrolled students, parents, and schools, and "Friedman Feedback" on how to "improve" according to Milton and Rose D. Friedman's vision.
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