Milton (and Rose) Friedman: Education Vouchers and State Financing of Private Education
Milton Friedman (1912–2006) was an economist in the “Chicago School” tradition who had primarily utilitarian reasons for his libertarian views. As such, he was not as doctrinaire as some about opposing government presence in education. He and his wife Rose argued that there were reasons why the state funded education, they argued that private organizations, not governments, should provide education services. The Friedmans preferred a voucher system where the state provides educational funding to families but largely refrained from maintaining their own schools.