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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Forget 'Experts,' Listen to ParentsPosted on July 07, 2002 | Type: In the News
It's the pits. Arizona's preschool and day care system is loosely regulated and chronically underfunded. We need a state board for school readiness to plan, coordinate and administer the system.
Vouchers Call for Political Hard WorkPosted 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 StudentsPosted 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-AdvisedPosted 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 MoneyPosted 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.