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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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  • 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:

  • Forget 'Experts,' Listen to Parents

    Posted 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 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.

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