Education Reform

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.

<p>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. </p>

The official opposition campaign to Proposition 302 has produced a website titled “Republican Voter Action Alert: Vote NO on 302” that actually calls for an end to wasteful stat

The Goldwater Institute's Matthew Ladner was on with Jon Justice to discuss the Goldwater Institute report Administrative Bloat at American Universities.

Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow Jay Greene appeared on KTVK Channel 3 to talk about his new study, "Administrative Bloat at American Universities", which found ASU to be one of the most bloated.

As students return to college this fall, parents and taxpayers are probably wondering where all of the money we give to universities actually goes. They may be disappointed to discover that administration is consuming a large and rapidly growing portion of university resources.

Resources devoted to instruction, research and service — the primary functions of a university — are growing much more slowly.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in four categories for whether it expands or contracts liberty.

Education bills that give parents more choice, make public schools more accountable, expand the teaching pool through relaxed certification requirements, and encourage local control are scored a +1.

PHOENIX – Student enrollment at America’s top universities has risen swiftly in the past 20 years, and tuition rates and taxpayer costs have jumped even higher.

Executive Summary

Enrollment at America’s leading universities has been increasing dramatically, rising nearly 15 percent between 1993 and 2007. But unlike almost every other growing industry, higher education has not become more efficient. Instead, universities now have more administrative employees and spend more on administration to educate each student. In short, universities are suffering from “administrative bloat,” expanding the resources devoted to administration significantly faster than spending on instruction, research and service.

Arizona had a breakthrough in 2010 that could end years of frustration about the state’s relatively low academic achievement. The Arizona Legislature this year adopted new reforms for K-12 public education that combine accountability, transparency and parental choice. Lawmakers modeled these changes on innovations first launched in Florida that have raised the average reading test scores for that state’s fourth-grade students by two entire grade levels over the past decade.

PHOENIX – When several new education reforms become law in late July, Arizona legislators and other state officials must seize the opportunity to improve student learning, says a new report from the Goldwater Institute.

In 2005 the Goldwater Institute did a study which showed all day kindergarten does not provide any educational benefits passed the third grade. Now, a new study confirms those findings. Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen discusses the findings on KPNX 12 News.

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