Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career.
Governor Janet Napolitano's nomination of Jaime Molera to the Arizona State Board of Education is welcome news to all who value educational freedom.
Molera served as Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2001-2003 and pursued a reform agenda. Most important, Molera is a passionate champion of parental choice, through public school choice, charter schools, and vouchers and tax credits for private schools.
Ive received quite a bit of reader mail from this previous article showing that Florida's Hispanic students outscore Arizona's statewide average on fourth grade reading exams. Some writers wanted to know if this could be attributed to the fact that Florida's Hispanic population is predominantly Cuban. The short answer is no, because the Hispanic population was also predominantly Cuban in the 1990s when scores were much lower.
Most students have heard it a million times: Earning a college degree is necessary for success in life.
College graduates on average earn 43 percent more in their lifetimes than high school graduates. Therefore, policymakers believe increasing access and funding to colleges will raise the incomes of those who attend.
On May 1, the state Senate Higher Education committee held a hearing on a proposal from Arizona's state universities to build new facilities ostensibly to stimulate the economy. Governor Napolitano, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Arizona State University President Michael Crow all spoke in favor. Their message was that this new debt would more than pay for itself by increasing the number of Arizona workers with college degrees.
Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school in the United States. National test scores reveal that half of all low-income fourth graders cannot read. Given such alarming statistics, you'd think that helping at-risk kids would be the top education-related priority on Capitol Hill.
Apparently not. As far as Congress is concerned, the real problem with public education in America is that its not environmentally friendly enough.
The Goldwater Institute released a new report last week titled Demography Defeated. The study details step-by-step Florida's education reforms that have resulted in their low-income Hispanic children outscoring several statewide averages for all students, including Arizona's.
The fate of Lexie Weck's education is in the hands of a three-judge panel. The Arizona Court of Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday, April 23 in the nations first-ever legal challenge against publicly funded scholarships for children with disabilities and children in foster care.
Lexie is a six-year-old girl with autism and cerebral palsy, who uses a scholarship to attend the Chrysalis Academy where she is flourishing. A year ago, she was in a public school making little progress.
Congressional leaders recently unveiled a draft of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Widely touted as an economic stimulus package, the $825 billion draft legislation includes as much as $142 billion for education--roughly twice the annual budget of the entire Department of Education. Should it pass, this legislation will dramatically increase the role of the federal government in education.
When will we learn that expensive, politically easy reforms to fix our failing schools just don't get the job done?
The Roosevelt School District in south Phoenix, now officially designated a "failing" district, is facing a takeover by the state Board of Education.
The Flores lawsuit to compel the state to spend more money on English language learners is lumbering, in its 16th year, toward its next manufactured crisis.
The plaintiffs' attorney insists that the key to English language learning is massive funding.
U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins has vowed that if lawmakers won't provide funding that he, Collins, deems sufficient by Tuesday, he will begin imposing daily fines of $2 million on the state.