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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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.
Tax Credit Scholarships: Questions and AnswersPosted on March 06, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Arizona operates three tax credit scholarship programs. Under these programs, individuals or businesses can donate money to school tuition organizations (STOs). These organizations award private school scholarships to students in grades K-12. Individuals and businesses can take a tax credit equal to their donation within certain limits when they file their taxes.
Arizona Remains a Leader in Innovative Education ReformPosted on March 06, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer kept Arizona out front in innovative education reform. Gov. Brewer’s signature on SB 1047 will help students on private school scholarship waiting lists finally realize their dream of attending their school of choice.