Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s Two Opposing Views on School Vouchers – WSJ.com

Posted on April 8, 2009

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Through The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Milton Friedman was an active proponent of the school voucher system. In an interview with Charlie Rose a few years ago, he was asked why he was in favor of providing vouchers to parents for school choice.  He likened the school voucher program to the food stamps program – who is better equipped to make decisions for the end consumer – the store owner or the individual?

By giving the end consumer of the product – educational services in this case – the market will decide the most effective and efficient outcome.

The Wall Street Journal’s opinion piece yesterday highlighted both the effectiveness of school voucher programs and the government’s deliberate attempts to prevents it’s growth despite clear quantitative evidence that these programs are working in New York.

The National Education Association (NEA) has taken a hard, vocal stance against school vouchers.  This is akin to the United Auto Workers (UAW) promoting protectionism for the United States automobile industry.  In both cases, it’s the labor union driving policy decisions instead of allowing free market principles to naturally set the course of a particular sector.

Refer to this article by Andrew J. Coulson at the CATO institute to learn more about which Congressional leaders are in support or against these programs.

Here’s a link to the complete WSJ article:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s Two Opposing Views on School Vouchers – WSJ.com.