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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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  • 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?

  • Study Questions Link Between Higher Education Spending, Growth

    Posted on May 12, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In a study released today by the Goldwater Institute, John Locke Foundation higher education policy analyst Jon Sanders finds little evidence that government spending on higher education drives economic growth. "Given the claims of Arizona's higher-education spending advocates," Sanders says, "you would expect to see a robust correlation between increased state spending on higher education and economic growth. In fact, I found that there was no consistent, statistically significant correlation."

  • Mislabeling Harms Arizona's Minority Students

    Posted on April 11, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Matthew Ladner

    In 1975, Congress passed what is now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Since then, the number of students in special-education programs nationwide has grown 65 percent, to more than 6 million.

  • Hidden College Fees Fund Politics

    Posted on April 02, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed

    A thief who steals one dollar from a million people is still a thief-and a millionaire. Over a million dollars have been taken from college students at Arizona's three public universities and funneled into an obscure group called the Arizona Students' Association (ASA) since that organization's inception in the late 1970s. The group obtains its revenue by charging a dollar fee each semester: that's two dollars per year per student, in addition to summer sessions.

  • Study Documents Widespread Racial Bias in Special Education

    Posted on March 31, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In a study released today by the Goldwater Institute, Children First America vice president Matthew Ladner finds evidence of pervasive racial bias by public school districts in the labeling of children as "learning disabled." By mislabeling children as disabled, Ladner writes, "The erring districts may seriously damage children's self-images and confidence in their own capabilities-perhaps permanently."

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