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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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  • Rescue Through Research an Economic Fantasy

    Posted on June 09, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Vicki Alger

    Call it the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome: a lonely schoolgirl raised on Disney movies dreams of a knight in shining armor who will enter her life in a dashing whirl and save her from boredom, poverty and solitude. For schoolgirls, it's a harmless fantasy. But when Arizona policymakers begin dreaming that a knight in biotech armor will save the state economy, the fantasy may be very costly.

  • Dropping a Budget-buster: Lavish University Research Plan Will Heavily Burden Arizona Taxpayers

    Posted on May 18, 2003 | Type: In the News

    University research funding is a direct assault on the General Fund, which cannot sustain the current budget proposal or future commitments already placed on it. The Legislature wants to borrow $440 million (with interest and principal it is $831 million). This requires the General Fund to pay the bonds off at $34 million annually for 24 years.

  • 'Journal' Wrong on Value of Higher Education Spending

    Posted on May 16, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Darcy Olsen

    The editors of The Business Journal let readers down with their editorial "Naysayers won't help cause" (4/25/03), which condemned a forthcoming Goldwater Institute study they had neither seen, nor read. At best, commenting on unseen research is unprofessional. At worst, it is an abuse of public trust. Readers of The Journal should be able to expect, at a minimum, that the editors have earnestly reviewed the material under discussion.

  • Potent Investment at ASU, or Just a Lot of Bull?

    Posted on May 16, 2003 | Type: In the News | Author: Ross Groen

    When I saw House Speaker Jake Flake at a barbeque the other day, I asked him why he was supporting the Legislature's bid to spend $800 million on research labs at Arizona universities. He told me what any rancher knows: to get growth, you have to put a bull in the pen with the cows.

  • Does Spending on Higher Education Drive Economic Growth? 20 Years of Evidence Reviewed

    Posted on May 12, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jon Sanders

    At a time when every dollar counts, appropriation decisions must be based on fact, not fiction-no matter how noble the fiction. Arizona's taxpayers subsidize the estimated 6.8 percent of residents enrolled in the state's two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Taxpayers also subsidize the one-third of enrollees who are nonresidents. What is the return on this investment?

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