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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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  • 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."

  • No Bias Cited Here in Special-Ed Labels

    Posted 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 Arizona

    Posted 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.

  • Race and Disability: Racial Bias in Arizona Special Education

    Posted on March 31, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner

    The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), designed to prevent the neglect and segregation of special education students, has resulted in the neglect and segregation of even larger student populations of minorities nationwide, including Arizona. The culprit: Perverse financial incentives to classify children as "learning disabled" when in fact they are "learning deficient," meaning they require remedial reading instruction, not special education programs.

  • Study: Minority Students More Likely to be Called 'Learning Disabled'

    Posted on March 31, 2003 | Type: In the News

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Minority students are more likely to be labeled learning disabled in Arizona school districts with predominantly white populations than in racially diverse districts, a new study says.

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