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>

Dr. Matthew Ladner of the Goldwater Insititute appeared before the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee, recommending that New Mexico adopt many of the same educational reforms that Florida has adopted, which has helped public school students -- in particular minority students -- dramatically improve their test scores. Ladner and State Sen. Steve Fischmann react after Ladner's testimony on November 8, 2010.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if Arizona's scholarship tax credit program is legal. The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick was on KAET's Horizon to explain why it should vindicate it.

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The Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University coined the phrase “dropout factories” to describe high schools in which 60 percent or fewer of the students graduate.

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.

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