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Public Schools: Make Them Private

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  • Milton Friedman

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A voucher system that would enable parents to choose freely the schools that their children attend is the most feasible way to improve elementary and secondary education in the US. Such a voucher system will encourage privatization of a sizeable fraction of educational services. That will unleash the drive, imagination and energy of competitive free enterprise to revolutionize the education process. The competition will froce goverment schools to improve in order to retain thier clientele. Except for a small group who have a vested interest in the present system, everyone would win: parents, students, teachers, taxpayers, private entrepreneurs and, above all, the residents of the central cities.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 341-344

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Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:5:y:1997:i:3:p:341-344

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  1. Jackson, C. Kirabo, 2012. "School competition and teacher labor markets: Evidence from charter school entry in North Carolina," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(5), pages 431-448.
  2. Nancy Vandycke, 2001. "Access to Education for the Poor in Europe and Central Asia : Preliminary Evidence and Policy Implications," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13974, October.
  3. Gerald Eisenkopf & Ansgar Wohlschlegel, 2011. "Regulation in the Market for Education and Optimal Choice of Curriculum," TWI Research Paper Series 64, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz.
  4. Y. Emre Akgunduz & Janneke Plantenga, 2013. "Competition for a better future? Effects of competition on child care quality," Working Papers 13-14, Utrecht School of Economics.
  5. Polónyi, István & Szilágyi, Enikő, 2008. "Felsőoktatási privatizáció, felsőoktatási vállalat vagy vállalkozó felsőoktatás?
    [Privatization of higher educationhigher-education enterprises or enterprising higher education?]
    ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(3), pages 262-277.

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