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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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  • 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.

  • Open the Doors of Educational Freedom

    Posted on March 26, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Ross Groen

    Victor Hugo once said, "He who opens a school door closes a prison." But according to the 2001 report by the Governor's Task Force on Efficiency and Accountability in K-12 Education, "Student achievement in Arizona is unacceptable by any measure?.The system is characterized by mediocrity and commitment to the status quo."

  • Arizona Senate Votes to Expand Scholarship Tax Credits

    Posted on March 25, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix-On Monday, March 24, the Arizona State Senate delivered a victory for proponents of educational freedom. With a bipartisan majority of 16 votes, the Senate passed SB1263, a corporate scholarship tax credit program that could give thousands of low-income, public school students the opportunity to transfer to private schools next fall.

  • Goldwater Researcher: Dubious Link Between Spending and Academic Achievement

    Posted on March 24, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    According to a March 7 guest editorial in the Tucson Citizen, "Arizona has steadily decreased its support for public schools over the past 15 or so years until it now ranks 49th in the nation."

  • Legislature Ready to Tackle Bills on School Tax Credits

    Posted on February 17, 2003 | Type: In the News | Author: Robbie Sherwood

    Nearly a dozen education-related tax credit bills could revamp donations for schools, affecting campuses and tax returns across the state.

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