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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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    Posted on November 06, 2012 | Type: In the News

    What would happen if we deposited all a child’s K-12 education dollars into an account parents control? A new report from Arizona’s Goldwater Institute discusses just such a system as it unfurls in their state. Report author and Goldwater’s Education Director Jonathan Butcher joins School Reform News Managing Editor Joy Pullmann to discuss education savings accounts. He says the U.S. education system is heading towards more personalization and family freedom.

  • Why is the Weakest Teachers Union in the U.S. Going After Students with Special Needs?

    Posted on November 01, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    For the second time in a decade, Arizona’s teachers union is trying to block children with special needs from getting the best education they can find. After kicking children with special needs and foster children out of Arizona’s opportunity scholarship program three years ago, the union is now trying to rob these children of their education savings accounts.

  • Education Savings Accounts Expand Opportunities For Families

    Posted on October 30, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    A revolutionary school choice program in Arizona known as “education savings accounts” is expanding educational options in unprecedented ways for families whose children’s needs have not been met by traditional public schools. Meanwhile, legislators in Florida, Utah, and Iowa have considered enacting the program in their states.

  • Education Savings Accounts: A Path to Give All Children an Effective Education and Prepare Them for Life

    Posted on October 30, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    All parents want an effective school for their child. But no parent should have to take the drastic steps that Yolanda Miranda took to give her children a chance at a good education: Yolanda went to jail and was charged with grand larceny for sending her children to better schools in their grandmother’s district instead of their assigned schools.

  • What the Khan Academy Can Teach Lawmakers

    Posted on October 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Few developments in education have blasted through the status quo like Sal Khan’s “Khan Academy.” What started as a collection of instructional videos on YouTube to help his 7th grade cousin with Algebra is now a web site featuring 3,400 videos on everything from Logarithms to art history.

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