The Year In Review: 2012
From the Desk of Robert C. Enlow, President and CEO
School choice is growing. With three new states adopting private school choice in 2012, joining 18 other states with similar programs, there is no denying that. But Milton and Rose D. Friedman’s vision—a fundamental restructuring of public education that gives every family the freedom to choose—has yet to fully take root. That is why the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice exists: to see that it does.
Make no mistake, the Friedman Foundation applauds the adoption of programs that provide educational freedom to any family. Making some children eligible for school choice is better than none at all. Opponents to school choice claim such programs represent the proverbial “camel’s nose under the tent,” meaning the body (more school choice) will soon follow. For the Friedman Foundation, that is precisely our hope.
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.
In 2012, we celebrated 100 years of Milton Friedman. That anniversary reminded us of the grandness of Milton’s ideas and all he did to advance freedom in America and around the world. We must never stop telling that story to the American people.
In 2013, we will take “Milton Friedman 101” to even more states. By introducing the Friedman vision to new local partners, policymakers, and opinion and business leaders, we will ensure that school choice proposals are as big and as bold as possible. That is the way we will truly revolutionize education in America.
The Friedman Foundation will continue its work to see that the freedom to choose among schools is extended to every American family. As always, we are grateful to all those who support us, and honor Milton and Rose, in that cause.