Friday, May 4, 2007

Free to choose, and learn

New research shows that parental choice raises standards—including for those who stay in public schools

FEW ideas in education are more controversial than vouchers—letting parents choose to educate their children wherever they wish at the taxpayer's expense. First suggested by Milton Friedman, an economist, in 1955, the principle is compellingly simple. The state pays; parents choose; schools compete; standards rise; everybody gains.

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