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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 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.

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    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.

  • New Year Is Full of Promise for Children

    Posted on January 10, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    The New Year is full of promise for over 200,000 Arizona children. Why? Because those children now have more options for schooling than ever before.

  • School Choice Version 2.0

    Posted on December 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    As states around the country get set to start their legislative sessions in January, making sure children are attending schools that challenge them and prepare them for life tops the list of priorities. Texas is one of the states considering a new scholarship for children in K-12, and even U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has suggested a tax credit scholarship program at the federal level.

  • Education Savings Accounts and Student Testing - We Can't Afford to Look the Other Way

    Posted on December 06, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    It’s time to let everyone—parents in Arizona and other states, along with state and national policymakers—see the results of Arizona’s education savings accounts. Over 400 children are using the accounts this year, and thousands more become eligible next year.

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