Ironically, though, FriedmanÃ¢??s ideas about turning education over to market forces have failed to gain much traction anywhere Ã¢?? even in Indianapolis, the very city where his Foundation for Educational Choice is headquartered.
IUPUI political scientist Bill Blomquist says Indianapolis seems to be more receptive to FriedmanÃ¢??s ideas than most places. Former Mayor Steve Goldsmith gained attention in the Ã¢??90s for introducing competition into government, (a thrust spearheaded by an Eli Lilly and Co. executive named Mitch Daniels). And the Republican mayorÃ¢??s successors, Democrat Bart Peterson and Republican Greg Ballard, have been anything but hostile to competition.
Indeed, Peterson gained his own national attention by becoming the first mayor with authority to create charter schools, which creates competition within the public school system.
But FriedmanÃ¢??s notion of turning education over to market forces in wholesale fashion hasnÃ¢??t materialized here or anywhere, at least in this country, Blomquist says.
Ã¢??The idea that anybody ought to be able to open something and call it a school and take on customers and see what happens is an idea thatÃ¢??s harder to get a larger population to embrace,Ã¢?? Blomquist says.
What do you think? Should education be Ã¢??deregulated?Ã¢??