“We have so far only seen the early fruits from the introduction of vouchers, from giving parents a choice. The best is yet to come as competition and the market work their wonders.”
This quote is full of the wisdom and optimism familiar to many who knew and admired Dr. Milton Friedman. He wrote these words in 1998. It is our sincere hope, as Dr. Friedman’s birthday dawns, that this school choice pioneer would feel that because of the work of many organizations and individuals throughout the United States even more fruits have been harvested in the last 12 years.
Right here in Ohio, the Milton Friedman Legacy Day Breakfast was held in Cincinnati. Sponsored by The Foundation for Educational Choice and hosted by The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Greater Cincinnati, more than 70 school choice advocates and supporters from around the state (including some state legislators) observed Dr. Friedman’s birthday with personal stories from the families of EdChoice Scholarship recipients and a keynote address by Rabbi A.D. Motzen—the Ohio Regional Director of Agudath Israel.
Representatives from Ohio groups who advocate for parental options including the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund, Parents Advancing Choice in Education (Dayton), and School Choice Ohio were in attendance for the celebration.
All of these organizations and individuals came together in this public gathering today to celebrate the work and philosophy of Milton Friedman, but we here at School Choice Ohio know that this level of commitment and cooperation exists each and every day.
These advocates are all working together, day in and day out, with the same goal of helping every family in Ohio to find the best educational fit for their children. The early fruits have been seen as we stand today with the EdChoice Scholarship having reached its maximum capacity of 14,000 students and the Ohio Autism Scholarship serving over 1,300 students and continuing to show consistent growth statewide. School choice advocates in Ohio see more success and share Dr. Friedman’s belief that “the best is yet to come.”