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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 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.

  • The Future of School Choice

    Posted on October 18, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick

    What’s more free market than charter schools and vouchers? Education savings accounts, which will revolutionize K-12 education.

  • Ollie and the Train: The Digital Learning Revolution

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

    Like many students, Ollie is frustrated with school. Math is too easy and his teacher doesn't have time to truly customize his education to meet his individual needs. Watch as Ollie discovers an amazing world of technology that maximizes his learning ability and frees his teacher to focus on helping students learn.

  • School Choice Marches Forward

    Posted on October 11, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    One year ago, the Wall Street Journal dubbed 2011 “the year of school choice,” opining that “this year is shaping up as the best for reformers in a very long time.” Such quotes were bound to circulate among education reformers and give traditional opponents of school choice, such as teachers unions, heartburn. Thirteen states enacted new programs that allow K–12 students to choose a public or private school instead of attending their assigned school, and similar bills were under consideration in more than two dozen states.

  • Are Arizona Schools Underfunded? New Report Says No

    Posted on October 11, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    Ballots are hitting mailboxes this week, and the Prop 204 campaign is urging Arizona voters to pass a $1 billion tax increase because Arizona’s schools have been devastated by budget cuts during the recession. But a new analysis of school spending over the past few years shows that funding dedicated to students hasn’t been cut, despite the recession.

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