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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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  • 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.

  • Policy Forum: Legislators Express Support for Expanding Arizona's Scholarship Tax Credit Program, Scholars Cite Successes

    Posted on December 11, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-At a policy forum releasing two new Goldwater Institute reports on Arizona's scholarship tax credit program, Sen. Mark Anderson (R-Mesa), Rep. John Huppenthal (R-Chandler), and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks expressed support for expansion of the five-year-old program to allow businesses to make contributions. Education scholars Carrie Lukas and Dan Lips described the successes of the program, which last year generated $26 million from 50,000 taxpayers.

  • The Arizona Scholarship Tax Credit: Providing Choice for Arizona Taxpayers and Students

    Posted on December 11, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Carrie Lukas

    Six years ago, Arizona policymakers created a revolutionary school choice program by allowing a $500 dollar-for-dollar income tax credit for contributions to organizations that give students scholarships to attend private elementary and secondary schools. In 2001, the Cato Institute published a study evaluating the first years of the program and analyzing its potential impact. This paper is a follow-up to that study, assessing the recent trends in the program, its impact on Arizona's educational system, and identifying potential reforms.

  • 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.

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