Advisory: The Maine Heritage Policy Center Joins Global Effort Celebrating Late Nobel Laureate

Milton Friedman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Milton Friedman, recognized as the greatest economist of the last century, will be the focal point at numerous events nationwide and around the world on July 31. The Maine Heritage Policy Center is participating in the annual “Friedman Legacy Day” to highlight the late professor’s famous ideas, including school choice.

“The Maine Heritage Policy Center is proud to host Choosing Success: Empowering Parents to Advocate for Greater Educational Opportunities as part of this year’s Friedman Legacy Day,” said Jonathan Haines, communications director for The Maine Heritage Policy Center. “MHPC is dedicated to furthering school choice for all families by empowering parents with the knowledge and tools they need to be strong advocates for greater educational opportunities for their children.”

“There is a close relationship between school choice and economic freedom – two principles that MHPC is proud to champion,” said Haines. “It is this relationship that is at the heart of the educational model that symbolizes Dr. Milton Friedman’s legacy.”

An advisor to several U.S. presidents, Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1976 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988. The author of such books as “Capitalism and Freedom” also is well known for his appearance on the popular PBS series “Free to Choose.” He is considered the “father” of the all-volunteer army and school choice.

“In education alone, today Milton Friedman’s ideas are positively impacting thousands of Americans,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “Calls for more personal empowerment and choice can be attributed to Dr. Friedman. And it’s groups like The Maine Heritage Policy Center that keep Milton Friedman’s legacy alive.”

FRIEDMAN LEGACY DAY DETAILS

Date:                Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time:               5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location:          Easy Day, 725 Broadway, South Portland, ME

Speakers:

  • Ms. Heidi Sampson
    Member, Maine State Board of Education
  • The Honorable Amy Volk
    Maine State Legislature and Board Chair, Maine Connections Academy

Choosing Success: Empowering Parents to Advocate for Greater Educational Opportunities is co-sponsored by The Maine Heritage Policy Center and The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

In 1996, Dr. Friedman and his wife, Rose, founded the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice to research and promote school choice, an idea he first proposed in 1955.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization based in Portland, Maine. The Maine Heritage Policy Center formulates and promotes free-market, conservative public policies in the areas of economic growth, fiscal matters, health care, education, constitutional law and government transparency – providing solutions that will benefit all the people of Maine.

For more information, please visit www.MainePolicy.org or www.EdChoice.org/FriedmanDay.