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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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  • Getting Some Schooling: Feds Can Learn from Arizona's Education Tax Credit

    Posted on August 04, 2002 | Type: Op-Ed

    It's August now and that means the Back-to-School season is just around the corner. Soon, area merchants will hit the airwaves offering deals on everything from lunchboxes to Levi's to laptops, explaining why their products and prices beat the competition.

  • The Arizona Scholarship Tax Credit: A Model for Federal Reform

    Posted on August 01, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips

    Advocates of limited government in Congress face a dilemma. For two decades, conservatives have sought to devolve federal power over education back to state and local governments. In 1981, Ronald Reagan entered office pledging to abolish the fledgling Department of Education. Since then hundreds of billions of federal taxpayer dollars have been spent in an effort to improve local educational services, but there has been no corresponding improvement in student performance on major national exams.

  • Arizona's Scholarship Tax Credit a Model for Federal Reform

    Posted on August 01, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    $500 Credit Could Help 1.6 Million Needy Students, Save States $11 Billion

  • An 'F' for Union's Paper

    Posted on July 19, 2002 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Robert Maranto

    In a just-released report, Do Charter Schools Measure Up?, the American Federation of Teachers calls for a moratorium on charter schools. For the AFT, "These schools are a diversion from reformers' and policymakers' efforts to improve education in America." That claim will surely surprise the more than one million students, parents, and teachers who have opted out of traditional public schools in favor of these innovative - and effective-schools.

  • AFT Charter School Report Fails to 'Measure Up'

    Posted on July 17, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix, AZ-In a report released today, "Do Charter Schools Measure Up?" the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) calls for a moratorium on charter schools. However, the AFT report itself fails to "measure up" to sound standards of research and should be dismissed. Robert Maranto, a Goldwater Institute Associate Scholar who has published dozens of articles and books on charter schools, including School Choice in the Real World: Lessons from Arizona Charter Schools, offers these observations:

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