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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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  • Arizona's Charter Schools: A Survey of Teachers

    Posted on August 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    This study of charter school parents is the first in a series to be conducted by the Goldwater Institute with the assistance of many supporters, most notably, the Dial Corp., Motorola Inc., and Bank of America. This body of research provides fresh insights into who attends charter schools and why.

  • Arizona's Charter Schools: A Survey of Parents

    Posted on April 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    This study of charter school parents is the first in a series to be conducted by the Goldwater Institute with the assistance of many supporters, most notably, the Dial Corp., Motorola Inc., and Bank of America. This body of research provides fresh insights into who attends charter schools and why. Until now, no statewide survey of charter schools had been undertaken. Several case studies and limited surveys have been conducted, but this is the first major progress toward developing population parameters for charter schools. The Goldwater Institute study also reveals information about charter schools that is contrary to popular opinion and may have considerable impact on future study and development of charter schools.

  • Arizona School Choice Trust - Survey of Participating Families

    Posted on January 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Tara Ellman

    The Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) is a non-profit, privately funded program (modeled after one developed by the Golden Rule Insurance Company in Indianapolis) that awards grants covering half of private school tuition, up to $800, to children in Maricopa County. Families must meet the income requirements of the National School Lunch Program.

  • Nice Digs, Low Scores: The (lack of) Relationship Between Capital Costs and Student Performance

    Posted on December 01, 1995 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford

    The Goldwater Institute has long promoted reforms that will result in a more open, market-driven, decentralized approach to public education. Such an approach, of course, assumes a model for school finance that is dramatically different than what we have today.

  • Class Size and Student Achievement -- Is there a link?

    Posted on August 01, 1995 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jeff Flake

    In this paper we study the prospect of improving student by lowering class size at the Kindergarten through third grade levels. Class size is often cited as a primary factor in student achievement; a student teacher ration of fifteen to one is often thought to be ideal. However, smaller classes and improved performance are primarily linked by conventional wisdom. We present and summarize evidence that this conventional wisdom is faulty.

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