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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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  • 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.

  • A Survey of Arizona's Private Schools

    Posted on October 01, 1993 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Michael Coffey

    This report discusses the results of a telephone survey of private schools serving grades K-12 in Maricopa and Pima counties.

  • Constitutional Aspects of Educational Choice in Arizona

    Posted on February 15, 1992 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Michael Sanera

    Current research in education demonstrates that true reform of American's educational system requires a shift from the existing political/bureaucratic system to a highly decentralized system which provides parents choices among competing schools. Necessarily this new system requires that funding follow students to the schools of their choice. One method for providing parents choice in education is to provide them with a voucher for the educational funding of each of their children. Parents then use this voucher to enroll their children in the public or private (including sectarian private) schools of their choice.

  • School Reform in Arizona: An Assessment of the Final Report of the Governor's Task Force on Educational Reform

    Posted on February 01, 1992 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Terry Moe

    In May 1991, Governor Fife Symington appointed a 42 member Task Force on Educational Reform to study the condition of kindergarten through 12th grade education in Arizona and to offer recommendations for improvements. This Task Force, along with a 17 member Subcommittee on Finance and Equalization, worked throughout the summer and fall and it issued its final report in December 1991.

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