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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Mislabeling Harms Arizona's Minority StudentsPosted 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 PoliticsPosted 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 EducationPosted 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."
No Bias Cited Here in Special-Ed LabelsPosted on March 31, 2003 | Type: In the News | Author: Jennifer Sterba
Minority students are more likely to be labeled learning-disabled in predominantly Anglo Arizona school districts than in racially diverse districts, a study released today says.
Separados y desiguales: raza y discriminación en educación especial en ArizonaPosted on March 31, 2003 | Type: Press Release | Author: Matthew Ladner
En 1975, el Congreso aprobó lo que actualmente se llama el Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Desde entonces, el número de estudiantes en programas de educaciónespecial en los EEUU ha crecido 65 por ciento, a más de seis millones. Mientras el número de estudiantes con discapacidades clínicas ha sido casi constante, el número de estudiantes considerados como "discapacitados en aprendizaje" (un diagnóstico más subjetivo), ha crecido el triple. Más inquietante aón, la ley de IDEA-que intentó acabar con la segregacióny abandono de estudiantes especiales-ha resultado en la segregacióny abandono creciente en todo el país, de estudiantes de ascendencia hispana y africana. Desgraciadamente, Arizona no es una excepción.