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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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  • 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.

  • The Myth of Education Cuts and Why Money Can't Buy an A+

    Posted on October 11, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    A popular myth claims we severely underfund schools in Arizona. For years, teachers unions and other education interest groups have led a successful “crusade” in the media and the state capitol to spread this idea. “We have reduced education funding levels to the point where they’re really not sustainable for our students and our teachers,” says Ann-Eve Pedersen, who is leading a voter initiative to raise taxes to increase education funding.

  • The Misplaced Priorities of the Prop 204 Campaign

    Posted on October 11, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    When the Prop 204 campaign criticizes Arizona legislators for reducing education funding during the recession, they never explain what else legislators were supposed to do.

  • ‘Won’t Back Down’—A Must-See Movie

    Posted on September 27, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Mark your calendar for Friday, September 28, when the feature film Won’t Back Down hits theaters. Based on real events in California, the movie depicts a group of parents’ efforts to reform a failing school.

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