WHAT IS SCHOOL CHOICE?
School Choice allows families to choose the best education for their children. This can be any type of educational option including but not limited to public, charter, private schools, homeschooling, virtual schools, etc.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MOVEMENT
In 1955, a forward-thinking Milton Friedman realized that public schooling was not fulfilling its reasons for existence: learning and opportunity to all to ensure a stable democracy. In fact, he noted:
"Public schooling is simply a monopoly that doesn't fulfill the ideals of our founding father. The dream envisioned by the founders of our public education system actually increases the stratification of society and fails to provide equal educational opportunity."
Recognizing the results of this monopoly, Milton Friedman asked for a return to liberty through the introduction of school choice. Since then, 12 states have implemented school choice programs and in 2006 alone, 38 states introduced school choice legislation.
Source: Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation Website