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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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  • The Impact of Tuition Scholarships on Low-Income Families: A Survey of Arizona School Choice Trust Parents

    Posted on December 11, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips

    On May 11, 1993, Jack and Isabelle McVaugh and other prominent members of the Phoenix community held a press conference at Olympic boxer Michael Carbajal's gym, announcing the formation of Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT). The privately funded scholarship program would give low-income students in Maricopa County the opportunity to attend private school. Within 10 days of announcing the scholarships, ASCT had 500 students on its waiting list.

  • Private School Scholarships Are Spelling Success

    Posted on December 10, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed

    Marilyn is one of the winners under Arizona's unique scholarship program, and her son is flourishing at private school. "He has become an individual who will make a difference in this world, with all the knowledge he is receiving," she beams.

  • Help a Student, Get a Tax Break

    Posted on December 08, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Carrie Lukas

    In 1998, few Americans had ever watched "reality" television. Even fewer had heard of Britney Spears. Yet today, they are embedded in the fabric of our popular culture. Likewise, few Arizonans knew theirs was the first state in the country to allow tax credits for donations to fund private school scholarships. Six years later, for over 50,000 Arizona taxpayers, the scholarship tax credit program is as much a holiday tradition as trips to the shopping mall.

  • Disparity in Disability Rates: Research Identifies 40 Districts With Unusually High Hispanic Disability Rates

    Posted on October 23, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In a policy brief released today by the Goldwater Institute, Children First America vice president Matthew Ladner identifies 40 Arizona school districts and charter schools with unusually high Hispanic special education rates. "This is further evidence of a disturbing pattern," Ladner says. "Nationwide, schools are mislabeling minority children as disabled and wrongly assigning them to special education programs."

  • No Exit, No Voice: Hispanic Disability Rates in Arizona's Schools

    Posted on October 23, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner

    In March, the Goldwater Institute released Race and Disability: Racial Bias in Arizona Special Education, which found that predominantly white Arizona school districts labeled significantly higher percentages of minority students as disabled than did minority school districts. Using 2000-2001 data, the study showed that school districts with predominantly white student bodies had Hispanic disability rates that were 47 percent higher than the Hispanic disability rates in predominantly minority districts. The study posited several possible explanations for this pattern, including perverse financial incentives, segregationist impulses, and desire on the part of districts to inflate standardized test results.

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