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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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  • Goldwater Participates in Landmark School Choice Case

    Posted on February 18, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    On Wednesday, February 20, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Zelman v. Simmons-Harris.

  • A Gift That Keeps On Giving

    Posted on December 27, 2001 | Type: Op-Ed

    Santa Claus may already have made his rounds, but there are still a few days left in the gift-giving season. Arizonans have a unique opportunity to spread holiday cheer. This gift doesn't require a trip to the mall or wrapping paper. Better yet, it won't cost you more than the price of a postage stamp. All you need is your checkbook and the patience to wait a few months for reimbursement. The gift you get to give? A good education for an Arizona child.

  • 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.

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