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>

In American life, the most common flash point of conflict between a taxpaying citizen and an unresponsive government is at the local school district.

Sometimes the fuse is lit by the principal who feels she has better things to do than cater to the inquiries of a "nosy" parent.

More often, it is the imperious, elected school board that can't be bothered with petty details like posting public notices about upcoming meetings, or announcing important details about its agenda. Or even announcing the time and date of meetings at all.

Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen went on Arizona Illustrated to talk about education reform, budget priorities and publicly-financed elections in Arizona.

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The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Matthew Ladner told ABC 15 that ASU's low admission standards are leading to a higher dropout rate.

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The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Matthew Ladner went on KAET's Horizon to discuss education reform and what Arizona needs to do to increase student achievement.

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Phoenix--Today the Goldwater Institute released its 2010 "100 Ideas for 100 Days," an annual handbook designed to provide Arizona's elected officials with a stable of ideas to help meet their constitutional obligation to protect individual rights and promote limited government.

Protecting individual rights and promoting limited government aren’t just buzzwords. Those are the constitutional obligations of our elected officials. The Arizona Constitution explains this clearly in Article II, Section 2.

Executive Summary

The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card considers how well Arizona legislators are fulfilling their constitutional obligation to uphold liberty. The report scores legislators on 305 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. The primary criterion is whether a vote for or against each bill expands or restricts liberty.

The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Matthew Ladner appeared on KKNT's James Allen Show to talk about his new paper, Civic Knowledge, and why schools need to be teaching civics in the classroom.

Public schools are putting civics on the backburner. The evidence is in a Goldwater Institute study that shows most public high school students can't pass a basic citizenship test. The Goldwater Institute's Matthew Ladner appeared on KAET's Horizon to offer solutions.

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The Goldwater Institute's Matt Ladner went on KFYI to talk about the tuition tax credit program in Arizona.

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