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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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  • 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.

  • Get 'Em While They're Young - The Second Childcare Revolution and the Expansion of the Nanny State

    Posted on November 01, 1998 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    An easy way to make it into the papers in Arizona is to come up with a list ranking the state's standing in various indicators of well-being. Kids Count, the Children's Rights Council, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, all make news telling Arizonans how bad off they are compared with other states.

  • 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.

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