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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Gov. Brewer Is Keeping Arizona at the Head of the Pack in Education ReformPosted on April 03, 2012 | Type: Blog
Gov. Jan Brewer is poised to expand one of the most liberty-enhancing education reforms in U.S. history, the latest step in her growing legacy of meaningful education reform.
Time Is Running Out to Improve Arizona's Digital Learning Options This SessionPosted on April 02, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Arizona students are at risk of having fewer digital learning options if lawmakers do not reconsider SB 1259, which provides more options for students to pursue digital learning outside of their school district’s boundaries.
Keeping Up with the Speed of Virtual EducationPosted on March 22, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
In 1947, military experts were trying to build an aircraft that wouldn’t lose control at high speeds so a pilot could fly faster than the speed of sound. Pilots were afraid to accelerate beyond the sound barrier for fear they would never recover control of their plane.
Education Savings Account Expansion Will Help Hispanic StudentsPosted on March 14, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Every student in a failing school should have better options. In Arizona, the largest failing schools enroll a high concentration of Hispanic students— students that, nationally, are at a high risk of dropping out and have low college attendance rates. Among the 20 largest public schools that received a “D” on their state report card, 71 percent of the students are Hispanic.
Education Savings Accounts: Questions and AnswersPosted on March 12, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Education Savings Accounts were signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April 2011 and expanded in May 2012. The program opens a new frontier for education reform because parents have more options for their children with these savings accounts than under any other education reform initiative in American history. For the first time, parents can use formula funding from the state to customize their child’s education.