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Kids deserve a top-notch education tailored to their needs. That’s why the Goldwater Institute helped make Arizona the leading state for education choice. In 2010, five Goldwater reforms became law, including education accounts for special-needs students, a school-performance rating system, ending of social promotion, expansion of charter schools, and new certification requirements so that experts in math, science, and other areas can teach their subjects without a teaching certificate from a college of education.

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  • MEDIA ADVISORY: WITH 5th CIRCUIT RULING, FEDERAL ASSAULT ON LOUISIANA VOUCHERS CONTIUNES; FAMILIES VOW TO STAY THE COURSE

    Posted on August 04, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Scholarship families and the Black Alliance for Educational Options were denied their motion to dismiss the US Justice Department’s attack on their popular education program by federal Judge Ivan Lemelle, who issued his decision today. The Goldwater Institute, who is representing the families and BAEO, will swiftly appeal the ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • Florida's Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts

    Posted on July 31, 2014 | Type: Multimedia

    The Personal Learning Scholarship Account Program (PLSA) was established in 2014 to provide parents the option to better meet the individual needs of their eligible children. Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts are administered by eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organizations (SFO). Parents of eligible children may use the accounts to purchase approved goods or services, as well as provide for prepaid college plans.

  • NPR: Families With Disabled Kids Fire Back Against Teacher's Union Lawsuit Over New Program

    Posted on July 31, 2014 | Type: Multimedia

    Six Florida families with disabled children want to block a lawsuit challenging the state’s newest voucher program. They say a move by the state teacher’s union to invalidate a broader bill on educational choice options, is bad policy.

  • MEDIA ADVISORY: SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTS TO UNION: OUR CHILDREN AREN'T "COLLATERAL CASUALTY"

    Posted on July 31, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    FLORIDA FAMILIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST SPECIAL-INTEREST UNION ATTACKING SCHOOL CHOICE

  • Faasse v. Scott

    Posted on July 30, 2014 | Type: Case

    In May 2014, the Florida Legislature passed SB 850, which was a comprehensive education bill. In part, the bill created the innovative Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) program. The purpose of the PLSA Program is to empower parents of special needs children to direct educational funds toward a combination of programs and approved providers in order to address the unique and individualized needs of their children as each parent sees fit. The Florida Education Association (FEA), through its member Tom Faasse, has filed suit challenging SB 850. FEA claims that SB 850 violates the Florida Constitution's "single subject" rule, which requires that every bill passed contain only one subject. However, the subject of SB 850 is clearly education. If FEA prevails in its suit, the PLSA program will be wiped off the books and many families will lose the opportunity give their special needs children the unique and specialized education they need to thrive as adults. FEA’s attorney, Ron Meyer, has called the personalized learning accounts "a collateral casualty" in the lawsuit. The Goldwater Institute has filed to join the State of Florida in opposing the lawsuit in order to protect the right of parents to direct the education of their special needs children.

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