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.
On March 10, Pres. Barack Obama gave a major education speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In that speech, he declared that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan “will use only one test when deciding what ideas to support with your precious tax dollars: It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative, but whether it works.”
Phoenix--We hear it over and over: teaching is one of the most important professions in the country. So why is it hard to attract the top college graduates to the classroom? The answer is simple: schools treat teachers like factory workers rather than professionals.
"We simply cannot draw more people into teaching without addressing the elephant in the room," says Matthew Ladner, Ph.D., vice president of research at the Goldwater Institute. "Teaching, as currently practiced, is an unattractive career to many people because it does not reward merit."
Phoenix--Funding for Arizona public schools is a passionately debated subject. But the truth is, the state's complex accounting system makes it hard for policymakers to know exactly what is being spent on education. New figures released today take the guess work out of it and show that per-pupil funding in Arizona is more than $9,500.
On June 22, 2007 the Goldwater Institute filed suit against the Arizona Department of Education on behalf of five charter schools. The Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constititutional Litigation
The Goldwater Institute's Vice President of Research, Dr. Matthew Ladner, appeared on Fox 10 Newsmaker Sunday to discuss the state of education in Arizona. Ladner talks about how much Arizona spends per student, where the money goes, All Day-K, and which state Arizona should model its education system after.
The Goldwater Institute's Vice President of Research, Dr. Matthew Ladner, talked to ABC 15 News about the effects of budget cuts on education in Arizona.
Phoenix--Arizona faces one of the largest budget deficits in the nation and lawmakers are struggling to close the gap. Because half of all General Fund spending goes toward education, schools and universities will necessarily be affected by the state's across-the-board belt tightening.
Barack Obama has made few policy pronouncements since his November election. But he and his wife have made a personal decision that is rich with policy ramifications: the choice of a school for their daughters.
The principles of individual rights and limited government enshrined in the Arizona Constitution are as relevant today as they were when it was written almost 100 years ago. Indeed, its words are the very foundation of ideas that will advance freedom. Article II, Section II of the Arizona Constitution clearly states the purpose of government: All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.
Dr. Matthew Ladner spoke with KION talk show host Mark Carbonaro in Salinas, California about the dramatic improvements Florida has made to its education system, and how Arizona and California can make similar improvements.