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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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.
State's Scholarship Tax Credit Program Should be ExpandedPosted 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."
New ASU Research Report MisleadingPosted on March 25, 2002 | Type: Press Release
Phoenix, AZ-The Arizona Republic proclaimed in its lead story Saturday, March 23, that "School tax credits fail poor." But that claim is based on a misleading report released today by the Education Policy Research Unit at Arizona State University.
Scholarship Tax Credit Saves Money, Helps StudentsPosted on February 21, 2002 | Type: Press Release
Phoenix, AZ-With a $1.5 billion debt looming overhead, Arizona's policymakers are rushing to plug the state's leaky coffers. According to news reports, a handful of legislators have put the state's nationally renowned education scholarship