The Year In Review: 2013
From the Desk of Robert C. Enlow, President and CEO
Since 1996, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has advocated for fundamental change in our K-12 education system. Our efforts have brought school choice to the mainstream of public discourse. In doing so, we—with your help—have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of families.
Working with parents and policymakers in 2013, the Friedman Foundation continued to loosen the grip union leaders, bureaucrats, and politicians have on America’s schools, ensuring more children can receive an education chosen by their parents that will maximize their potential.
To that end, the Friedman Foundation is the only organization that encourages school choice supporters to adopt Milton and Rose D. Friedman’s vision as their end goal. And we are forthright in making it known that our work is focused on states where that idea has the strongest probability of becoming a reality.
Last year’s successes proved we are gaining ground toward the Friedmans’ goal of universal school choice. Enrollment in voucher, tax-credit scholarship, and education savings account programs reached a record 301,000 students in 2013, with larger programs doubling in size.
Still, despite assisting in the creation of nine choice programs in six states last year, we have much more to do. As Milton wrote in 2000, “The major objective of educational vouchers…is to drag education out of the 19th century…and into the 21st century, by introducing competition on a broad scale.”
Critically, that broad competition can’t occur without supply—sparked by the creation of new schools—and demand—driven by parents empowered via school choice.
That is why, in 2013, our foundation took “Milton 101” to the masses, explaining the importance of bigger and bolder school choice proposals. This year, we will build upon Dr. Friedman’s plan for American education, advocating our core principles through educational campaigns and ventures that can reach more, new, and different audiences.
As the Friedman Foundation staff continues this tireless work on behalf of our founders, please know we are continually grateful for, and encouraged by, your support.