(July 2014) A Conway forum hosted by the Policy Foundation will consider the education reform ideas of the late Dr. Milton Friedman (1912-2006), the 1976 Nobel laureate in Economics.


The public forum will be held on July 31, the 102nd anniversary of Dr. Friedman's birth.


The forum will start at Noon at the Faulkner County Library (1900 Tyler).


Dr. Friedman, a 1928 graduate of Rahway, N.J. Public High School, later earned economics degrees from Rutgers before teaching at the Univ. of Chicago until his retirement in 1977.  He later served as a member of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, a group of non- government experts named by the president.


Dr. Friedman is closely associated with the idea of competition in education.  He supported educational competition in books like Free To Choose (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980), co-authored with his wife, Rose (1911-2009).  The Friedman's noted spending on education has increased, yet its quality has declined in many areas.  They advanced a market-based approach to education, and proposed ideas to increase competition. These ideas will be discussed at the July 31 forum.


The event is free, informal and open to the public.


Please contact the Policy Foundation at (501) 537-0825 for further information or to make a reservation.