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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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  • Charter Schools Creating Healthy Education Market

    Posted on October 01, 2003 | Type: In the News

    Arizona has the most progressive charter school laws in the country.

  • Hibbs v. Winn

    Posted on October 01, 2003 | Type: Press Release | Author: Mark Brnovich

    Phoenix-A Goldwater Institute scholar lauded the United States Supreme Court's decision yesterday to accept certiorari in the case of Hibbs v. Winn, which involves a challenge to Arizona's tuition tax credit. Mark Brnovich, director of the Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies, said that the case is important to the survival of Arizona's revolutionary scholarship tax credit system, which allows individual taxpayers to contribute up to $500 to help children attend private schools. Approximately 20,000 children currently benefit from the system.

  • 2003 Legislative Report Card

    Posted on September 29, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Satya Thallam

    Senator 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 that their main interest is liberty."

  • Arizona's Special-Ed Pimlico

    Posted on August 25, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Vicki Alger

    Like America's horse of the moment, Seabiscuit, Arizona's students may be underdogs, but they are not underachievers. In recently released Stanford 9 results, students surpassed national averages. Even students who have yet to cross the finish line are still very much in the race. And much credit is due to involved parents, committed principals, and dedicated teachers for encouraging children to perform.

  • I Doubt I Can

    Posted on July 20, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed

    In The Little Engine That Could, a small train carrying toys confronts a seemingly impassable mountain. Try as they might, the toys cannot convince the Rusty Old Engine to say anything but "I can not." It is left up to the Little Blue Engine to overcome insurmountable odds and pull the train to the other side with its rallying cry, "I think I can--I think I can." Arizona desperately needs a Little Blue Engine of its own. This week's news revealed that 80 percent of eighth-graders failed proficiency exams in reading and writing. Instead of challenging that failure, Arizona's Rusty Old Education Engine is dropping expectations to a "more reasonable" level. Like the toys in the story, what children really need is to hop on a train that "can." School choice is the ticket.

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