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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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  • Vouchers Call for Political Hard Work

    Posted on July 03, 2002 | Type: In the News

    After the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for educational vouchers, it was widely assumed that Arizona would be one of the first places to try to adopt them.

  • Scholarship Credit Does Indeed Assist Neediest Students

    Posted on April 15, 2002 | Type: In the News

    After reading his obituary in a newspaper, Mark Twain laughed off the erroneous report stating, "Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Like Mark Twain's death, rumors of the demise of Arizona's education tax credit are greatly exaggerated. Despite headlines that "School tax credits fail poor," this essential program gives thousands of needy students access to first-rate educations.

  • Proposal to Suspend Scholarship Tax Credit Ill-Advised

    Posted on April 05, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix-According to an AP report, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Ruth Solomon (D-Tucson) has proposed suspending tax credits for donations to scholarship organizations along with tax credits for extracurricular activities, arguing the state could save $45 to $50 million. Goldwater Institute executive director Darcy Olsen disputes the wisdom-and the purported cost savings-of suspending the scholarship tax credit.

  • Education Scholarships: Expanding Opportunities for Students, Saving Taxpayers Money

    Posted on March 26, 2002 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Darcy Olsen

    As the 2002 legislative session unfolds, lawmakers are grappling with what appear to be competing priorities: balancing the budget and improving education. Faced with an estimated $1.5 billion budget shortfall, legislators must rein in spending.1 Yet the need to reform Arizona's K-12 education system is also urgent. Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that one out of four Arizona eighth graders can't read and one out of three hasn't mastered basic math skills.2 This proposal offers legislators a way to improve educational opportunities for students while achieving fiscal savings.

  • State's Scholarship Tax Credit Program Should be Expanded

    Posted on March 26, 2002 | Type: In the News

    When Marcia Alexander became a young widow, her thoughts turned to her 3-year-old daughter Brenna. "Kyle and I promised each other we'd always put the children first," Marcia recalls, "But I had to go to work full time."

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