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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Don't Drown Charter Schools With Paperwork

    Posted on October 23, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Robert Maranto

    The Arizona State Charter Board recently adopted new rules for monitoring charter schools. The changes came as a result of criticisms from the state auditor, who argued that the board was lax in its oversight of the state's nearly 500 charter schools. But the auditor has provided little evidence that more paperwork will actually improve the quality of new charter schools.

  • 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."

  • Disparidad en educación de hispanos

    Posted on October 22, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed

    Un informe revela que hay demasiados niños hispanos considerados "discapacitados" en Arizona, por lo general en distritos donde la mayoría del alumnado es anglo.

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