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Fischler Hosts School Choice Breakfast Celebrating the Legacy of Nobel Prize Winner Milton Friedman

NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler School of Education recently hosted a “Celebrating Freedom” breakfast in honor of the late Milton Friedman, to share his legacy and ideas about school choice.

Friedman was a 1976 Nobel Prize winner, economics professor, and stalwart crusader for the ideas of individual freedom who formed the basis of today’s school choice theory and practice. Friedman died at age 94, but his birthday is celebrated each year to keep his memory alive, and spread his message.

“His staunch advocacy for the individual rights of parents and children to an array of school choice options funded by the state to ensure equity for all children is gaining greater traction nationally with each passing year – both with lawmakers and the general public,” said Judith Stein, Ed.D., executive director of the National Institute for Educational Options (NIEO) based at NSU’s Fischler School.

The keynote speaker at the “Celebrating Freedom” breakfast was Jim Horne, former Florida State Senator and Commissioner of Education, and current Chair of the Florida Charter School Alliance. Wendy Howard, Chair of the Florida Chapter of the National Coalition for Public School Options, was the morning’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

Additional leaders in Florida’s school choice movement who attended the event included Allison Hertog, attorney and founder of Making School Work and Member of the Step Up for Students Board of Directors; Georgia McKeown, of Advocate for Children and a legislative lobbyist in Florida; Cheri Shannon, CEO and president of the Florida Charter School Alliance; Steven Hicks, head of the McKay Coalition of Private Schools; Michael Benjamin, Vice President of Grassroots Advocacy and Outreach and Executive Director of the Step Up for Students and the Choice Fund; and Nigel Whyte, M.B.A., Assistant Director of NIEO and Business Manager of the Florida Parental School Choice Consortium.

Special guests included Fischler School namesake and NSU President Emeritus Abraham S. Fischler, and Florida Senator Anitere Flores, who championed the fight for school choice legislation in Florida in 2007-2011.

To view a video of the event, please click here.

For more information about the Fischler School, please visit www.fischlerschool.nova.edu.