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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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  • 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.

  • Tipping Point for School Choice: D.C. Reverberations

    Posted on June 24, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed

    In his recent bestseller, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell describes the magic moment when an idea, product, or trend achieves mainstream status. Cell phones, for example, "tipped" in 1998. Cellular technology and sales improved steadily throughout the 1990s, but it wasn't until 1998 that people realized the phones were everywhere.

  • Informe sobre becas en Florida apoya reforma propuesta para Arizona

    Posted on June 24, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX -- En un informe publicado el 11 de junio del aóo en curso, Jay P. Greene y Greg Forster, eruditos del Manhattan Institute, reportan que el programa de becas escolares McKay del estado de Florida ha merecido el apoyo deuna mayoría decisiva de padres de niños clasificados como "discapacitados en aprendizaje." Bajo elprograma McKay, las familias de niños clasificados así reciben becas que se pueden utilizar paramatricularlos en escuelas privadas.

  • Memo: Sanders Responds to Crow

    Posted on June 16, 2003 | Type: In the News

    Thank you for forwarding Dr. Crow's criticisms to me. I certainly join him in encouraging debate on these matters. Without question, we need "to discuss the strategy, means, and logic by which investment in higher education will be made." To that end I am interested, as I'm sure you are, in learning more about his "enterprise model of investment."

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