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Decentralizing Schools


Published August 18, 2020

Public school systems have the same pitfalls as any monopolistic system, including a lack of both innovation and responsiveness to individual needs. To improve education, parents need to have more say in what school their child attends. Just as in every other industry, market competition is the surest way to improve quality in education.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What makes a decentralized education system more effective?
  2. What are the benefits of school choice?

Additional Resources:

  • Listen as Milton Friedman discusses the education system. Available here.
  • Read “Decentralizing Schools” by Milton Friedman. Available here.
  • Read “Milton Friedman’s Unfinished Business” by Eric Hanushek. Available here.