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Kids deserve a top-notch education tailored to their needs. That’s why the Goldwater Institute helped make Arizona the leading state for education choice. In 2010, five Goldwater reforms became law, including education accounts for special-needs students, a school-performance rating system, ending of social promotion, expansion of charter schools, and new certification requirements so that experts in math, science, and other areas can teach their subjects without a teaching certificate from a college of education.

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  • What Being First Means to One Family

    Posted on February 01, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Everyone would like to be first in something. First across the finish line. First one picked for a team at recess. First one to explore uncharted waters. Thanks to Arizona's private school scholarships, Sarah is going to be the first person in her family to go to college.

  • Homeschooling Allows Children to Move at Their Own Pace

    Posted on January 31, 2013 | Type: Blog

    Todd, a public school English teacher, and Andrea, a former teacher, know the value of a good education. So when it came time to decide how to teach their four children, they considered several different options.

  • Charter Schools Are Meeting Needs, One Child at a Time

    Posted on January 30, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Jen’s son, Maxwell, is highly intelligent. Jen recognized this early in his life, but she also saw the difficultly he had in some social situations. Anticipating the challenges he would face in a traditional classroom, Jen enrolled him in Benchmark Charter School.

  • Open Enrollment Opens Doors

    Posted on January 28, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    This week the nation celebrates National School Choice Week, a national event designed to spread the word that every child deserves the chance at a great education. Each day this week the Goldwater Institute will share the story of a family that has used their freedom to choose the best educational setting for their child—from choosing a public school outside their home district to Arizona’s cutting-edge education savings accounts and beyond.

  • What If You Could Only Buy One Kind of Car?

    Posted on January 17, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Every child is different and needs to be challenged in different ways. Arizona has 52 school districts that offer online classes, along with charter schools like Connections Academy, Arizona Virtual Academy, and Primavera, to help students get ahead or take courses not offered at their assigned school. Yet traditional public school students cannot count on their school accepting credits from an online class offered outside their school district.

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