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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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  • New Survey Finds Public Schools Cost Twice as Much as Private Schools

    Posted on December 29, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-Average tuition at Arizona private schools is less than half the average Arizona per-pupil public school expenditure of $7,816, a new annual survey of Arizona private schools finds. The statewide survey reveals that average tuition at private elementary and middle schools is $3,700. Average private high school tuition is $5,500.

  • Voters Defeat Proposition 102 in Win-win for Arizona

    Posted on November 03, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-Arizona voters upheld a key constitutional safeguard in a move that protects the free enterprise system and ensures that universities can continue their academic missions, despite a well-financed campaign by Arizona's political establishment. In a report released October 12, Goldwater Institute analysts cautioned that the proposed amendment, which would have allowed state universities to take ownership interests in private companies, would have erased an important protection for taxpayers, opened the door to public corruption, and given select corporations an unfair business advantage.

  • 2004 Legislative Report Card Released and Launch of Online Score Look-up

    Posted on October 25, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its second annual Legislative Report Card, a comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card assigns a letter grade to each legislator based on how well their votes advanced economic freedom, personal responsibility, and constitutional government.

  • 2004 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-sixth Legislature, Second Regular Session

    Posted on October 25, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Satya Thallam

    Sen. Barry Goldwater best articulated his legislative mission when he said, "if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty"

  • AIMS Test Provides Transparency, Falls Short on Accountability

    Posted on August 23, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-Tomorrow, the Arizona Department of Education is scheduled to release the results of the spring 2004 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test. AIMS is an annual snapshot of student progress toward state academic standards.

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