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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It's the Same Old SongPosted on January 11, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
In 1965, The Four Tops released a follow-up to their hit single, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” with a number called “It’s the Same Old Song.” It was, actually, nearly the same song as “Can’t Help Myself,” admits singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir, as he and songwriter Lamont Dozier were in a rush to produce something and “reversed [‘Can’t Help Myself’] with the same chord changes” to write “Same Old Song.”
What real parent empowerment looks likePosted on January 03, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Imagine if your child’s assigned elementary school had puddles of urine in the bathroom, mouse droppings in the cafeteria, and clogged water fountains. Now imagine if your complaints were rejected by the principal. Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based group at the center of the “Parent Trigger” or “Parent Empowerment” movement, reports that these were the deplorable conditions at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif., when parents organized to help turn things around.
Accountability needed for all public schoolsPosted on December 15, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
With so many students participating in online courses, careful oversight is a must. Arizonans should not accept mediocrity from traditional or charter schools, including virtual schools, and must demand high levels of accountability. But we shouldn’t let a handful of low performing operations indict an entire group of schools providing important options for under-served children.
Tax credit scholarships encourage big dreamsPosted on December 06, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Scholarship-granting organizations depend on the generosity of individuals who want all students to succeed. The tax credit program gives Arizonans the opportunity to give students a chance at a bright future.
Common Core Standards drive schools off of a cliffPosted on November 30, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
States across the U.S. are running off of a cliff in the name of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Arizona and 45 other states signed on to the new standards, though few in state legislatures or the general public know what the standards will require.