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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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  • Education Researchers Applaud Governor's Administrative Savings in School Districts, Urge Policymakers to Take Next Steps

    Posted on January 28, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In a statement issued today, Goldwater Institute education researchers Vicki Murray and Ross Groen applauded Gov. Janet Napolitano's efforts to reduce administrative waste in Arizona's schools, and urged policymakers to seek even greater savings through systemic reform. "The governor has taken the first step on a thousand-mile journey," Dr. Murray said.

  • Red Tape Often Traps Special Kids

    Posted on January 24, 2004 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Vicki Alger

    Maggie Galehouse's article on special-needs children was excellent ("Special needs youths face big AIMS hurdle," Jan. 18).

  • School District Consolidation: Move Can Lead to Administrative Bloat, Fewer Dollars for Classrooms

    Posted on January 23, 2004 | Type: In the News | Author: Ross Groen

    Smart shoppers know that you can buy fish sticks cheaper if you buy the 20 lb. bag at Costco or Sam's Club than if you buy the 16-ounce pack from your local grocer. It's a simple economy of scale. Because the fish-stickery can spend less on packaging, savings can be passed on to the consumer.

  • Researchers Find School District Consolidation Proposals Likely to Yield Minimal Savings, Jeopardize Academic Achievement

    Posted on January 12, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX- In a new study released today, Goldwater Institute education researchers Vicki Murray and Ross Groen examine proposals to consolidate Arizona's school districts, finding that consolidation is unlikely to lead to savings and may actually hurt academic performance. "Reducing administrative waste is a laudable goal," Dr. Murray says, "But school district consolidation may sacrifice academic achievement and local control for minimal savings, if any savings in fact materialize."

  • Competition or Consolidation? The School District Consolidation Debate Revisited

    Posted on January 12, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Ross Groen

    In November 2002, the Arizona Office of the Auditor General (OAG) released a report on school districts' administrative spending that found, on average, small school districts spent more per pupil than large districts. In response, the Arizona State Legislature established a commission to study the potential savings from statewide school district consolidation.

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