The Leaflet: Free-Market Allies Celebrate Milton Friedman’s Legacy

Published July 28, 2016

Millions of families have benefitted from Milton Friedman’s legacy and his vision of school choice being available to every American child. On July 21, free-market allies will celebrate educational choice on what would have been Friedman’s 104th birthday!

Robert C. Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, recently celebrated Friedman’s passion for educational choice, calling it the fairest and most effective way to provide education. “The Friedmans’ interest in improving the American education system began in 1955. By 1996, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice was born, and now, more than half of the U.S. offers families school choice programs.”

Free-market organizations advocating for school choice are the heirs to Friedman’s legacy, and many of these groups, including The Heartland Institute, will celebrate the life and work of Friedman this week.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise will celebrate Friedman at their 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day, which will be held on Friday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Midland, MI.

Missouri’s Show-Me Institute will celebrate the work of Friedman and the diverse set of educational options that exist in St. Louis by hosting its Friedman Legacy Day Event, keynoted by James Shuls, the distinguished fellow of education policy, on Friday, July 29 at noon.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation will honor Milton Friedman Legacy Day by hosting a birthday celebration for the renowned free-market economist on Thursday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. The event will offer games, prizes, and ice cream, which will be enjoyed as attendees remember Friedman’s life and his lasting impact on today’s economy.

On Friday, July 29 at noon, the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity will host a Milton Friedman Legacy Day luncheon in Tucson “to discuss the future of school choice and education reform, and to celebrate the birthday of the late economist Milton Friedman.” Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, will speak at the event.

If you are in Indianapolis for the American Legislative Exchange Council’s event, please don’t miss the Friedman Foundation ceremony on Friday, July 29.

In addition to all the festivities taking place across the nation, the Friedman Foundation has a big announcement scheduled for Friday, July 29. At its Friedman Legacy Day, the board of directors and staff leadership at the Friedman Foundation will announce a new name and strategic plan for the organization “that will keep their vision of universal school choice at the forefront of the school choice movement.” Staff from The Heartland Institute will attend this exciting event to celebrate Friedman’s life and legacy.

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