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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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  • Jury Still Out on Charter Schools

    Posted on August 19, 2001 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Pat Kossan

    Just how well Arizona's charter schools are educating students remains a muddy picture, despite a national study released this week that concluded students in loosely regulated charter schools in other states perform poorly.

  • Does Charter School Attendance Improve Test Scores? The Arizona Results

    Posted on March 16, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Kern Paark

    Since the first two charter schools opened in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992, a reliable study of the effects of charter school attendance on student achievement has been called for. The question in evaluating the effects of charter school attendance is whether charter school students perform better or worse, on average, than similar students in traditional public schools (TPS).

  • Five Year Charter School Study - An Overview

    Posted on November 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karla Phillips

    The Goldwater Institute's Center for Market-Based Education (CMBE) started this second component of a larger charter school impact project in December 1999. It provides an in-depth look at Arizona's most mature charter schools and how they have evolved during their first five years of operation. Since charter schools are a creation of public policy and exist through a contract with a public sponsor, we believe it is important to examine the evolution of charter schools within the context of the Arizona charter school law and the charter contracting process. For this reason we have included an evolution of the first five years of both the charter law and the charter contracting process.

  • School Finance Primer - A Taxpayer's Guide to Public School Finance

    Posted on February 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    Arizona's school finance system is arguably one of the most complex in the United States. Over the years, both the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) and the Goldwater Institute have made efforts to keep taxpayers and policy makers up to date or to introduce them to the major moving parts of this rather involved topic.

  • Help Wanted: Good Teachers -- What do schools need to do to find good teachers?

    Posted on January 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karla Esparza

    Fifteen years ago, the United States was declared "A Nation At Risk" by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. The alarm was sounded, but fifteen years later many feel that the outlook is still grim. In the recent Third International Mathematics and Science Study, American 12th graders ranked 19th out of 21 participating nations in mathematics; 16th out of 21 nations in science; 15th out of 16.

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