Proponents of School Choice in Maine Celebrate New Charters

Thursday, August 2, 2012

While Gov. Paul LePage’s school choice legislation was stopped at the committee level in March, the four proponents of school choice who gathered at Fort Knox State Park on Tuesday said the fight isn’t over.

The event was organized to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Milton Friedman, a wildly influential economist and advocate for school choice, a policy that allows parents to enroll their child in the school of their choice, regardless of its location.

"We’re always going to be supportive and want to bring forward more legislation for school choice,” said Carol Weston, executive director of Maine’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which organized the event.

Weston said the event had not been advertised because she and her organization were busy preparing for a Thursday trip to Washington, D.C., for the sixth annual Defending the American Dream summit.

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