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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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  • A Guide to Understanding State Funding of Arizona Public School Students

    Posted on January 19, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Susan Aud

    As the debate surrounding school choice and school financing continues around the country, I am frequently struck by how little is known about how states fund K-12 education. Various legislatures and the courts mandate equalized funding and accountability, but states often lack the transparency necessary to ensure compliance. Given the complexity of school financing, typically only a handful of people in a state understand how funding formulas work or how much money is spent per student. Arizona is no different.

  • Private Schools Half as Expensive as Public Schools: Cost-Effective Way to Ease Enrollment Growth

    Posted on January 05, 2005 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-A new annual survey of Arizona private schools finds average private elementary and middle school tuition is $3,700, less than half the average per-pupil public school expenditure of $7,800. Average private high school tuition is $5,500.

  • Survey of Arizona Private Schools: Tuition, Testing and Curricula

    Posted on January 05, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Ross Groen

    Arizona public school enrollment is projected to exceed one million students by 2013. Currently, Arizona ranks first nationally for highest capital outlay expenditures and second for interest on school debt expenditures, totaling nearly $2,000 per student. Arizona's private schools educate five percent of the state's K-12 student population. Developing policies that take advantage of existing and potential private school capacity could help ease the public school burden of educating significantly more students, while potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

  • Where Do Public School Teachers Send Their Kids?

    Posted on January 03, 2005 | Type: Blog

    To find the best restaurants, ask chefs where they dine. To find the best schools, ask teachers where they send their children. A study from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation does just that. Using 2000 Census Bureau data, study authors find that on average, urban public school teachers send their children to private schools at a rate nearly double the national average, 22 percent compared to 12 percent.

  • 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.

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