Fifty years after Milton Friedman proposed funding education through vouchers, the idea is starting to catch on, he writes in the Wall Street Journal.
. . . public interest in and support for vouchers and tax credits continues to grow. Legislative proposals to channel government funds directly to students rather than to schools are under consideration in something like 20 states. Sooner or later there will be a breakthrough; we shall get a universal voucher plan in one or more states. When we do, a competitive private educational market serving parents who are free to choose the school they believe best for each child will demonstrate how it can revolutionize schooling.
Friedman and his wife fund a foundation to promote school choice.
I heard Friedman talk about how to break up state enterprises after the collapse of the Soviet empire, which he said was bound to happen. Two months later, the East German people tore down the Berlin Wall.