Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
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The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is an Indiana-based nonprofit devoted to the privatization of schools through the promotion of an educational voucher system. It was founded by economists Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman in 1996. Milton Friedman is regarded as one of the most influential proponents of neo-liberal market economics. According to the organizations website, the foundation's mission is "amplifying the national call for true education reform through school choice." The organization provides research and marketing services to local and national organizations with similar missions to promote support for the educational voucher system among legislators and the public.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has worked with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), along with the Alliance for School Choice to develop model legislation to be introduced into state legislatures across the country. The organization was a "Chair" level sponsor of the ALEC Annual Conference in 2016, which equated to $50,000 in 2010, and was one of around 60 organizations represented at the exhibition hall at the ALEC annual meeting in 2011.
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Board of Directors
- Board Chair Dr. Patrick Byrne, Chairman and President of Overstock.com
- President and CEO Robert C. Enlow, The Foundation for Educational Choice
- President Emeritus Gordon St. Angelo, The Foundation for Educational Choice
- Vice Chairperson Janet F. Martel, Attorney
- Treasurer Lawrence A. O'Connor, Jr., Executive Director, Butler Business Accelerator
- Secretary J. Scott Enright, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Emmis Communications Corporation
- Charles H. Brunie, Brunie Associates
- Dr. David D. Friedman, Professor, Santa Clara University
- William J. Hume, Chairman of the Board, Basic American, Inc.
- Samuel H. Husband, Jr., President, Husbands Capital Markets
- Sandra Jordan, Owner & Creative Director, Jordan Winery
- Fred Reams, Reams Asset Management
- Howard S. Rich, Rich & Rich
- Dr. Michael Walker, President, The Fraser Institute Foundation
- Gordon St. Angelo, President Emeritus
- Robert C. Enlow, President & CEO
- Chris Atkins, Senior Fiscal Analyst
- Dale Buwalda, State Program & Government Relations Director
- Paul DiPerna, Research Director
- Carey Folco, Vice President of Operations
- Leslie Hiner, Vice President of Programs & State Relations
- Keri Hunter, Special Projects Coordinator
- Mandy L. Kett, Office Coordinator
- Susan L. Meyers, National Media Relations Director
- Shepherd Pittman, State Marketing & Public Relations Director
- Jeff Reed, State Programs & Government Relations Director
- Patrick L. Russell, Development Coordinator
- Cindy Sparks, Vice President of External Relations
- Andrew St. Angelo, Communications Coordinator/ Webmaster
- Michelle Stephens, Controller
- Drew Vessely, Creative Coordinator
- Greg Forster, Senior Fellow
- Brian Gottlob, Senior Fellow & Principal, PolEcon Research
- Matthew Ladner, Senior Fellow & Vice President of Research, Goldwater Institute
- Benjamin Scafidi, Fellow & Associate Professor, Georgia College & State University
- The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. What We Do. Organizational website. Accessed August 15, 2011.
- The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Model Legislation. Organizational website. Accessed August 15, 2011.
- Nick Surgey, "ExxonMobil Top Sponsor at ALEC Annual Meeting," Exposed by CMD, Center for Media and Democracy, July 27, 2016.
- American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
- The Friedman Foundation for Educational choice. Board of Directors. Organizational website. Accessed August 15, 2011.
- The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Staff. Organizational website. Accessed August 15, 2011.
- The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Fellows. Organizational website. Accessed August 15, 2011.
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This is a list of groups or individuals associated in some capacity with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).