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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 Remains a Leader in Innovative Education Reform

    Posted on March 06, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer kept Arizona out front in innovative education reform. Gov. Brewer’s signature on SB 1047 will help students on private school scholarship waiting lists finally realize their dream of attending their school of choice.

  • Cane Toads, virtual schools, and unintended consequences

    Posted on February 29, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    In 1935, Australia had a problem with beetles. The bugs were destroying the nation’s sugar cane crop, so, to combat the pests, lawmakers introduced over 100 Cane Toads to the continent.

  • Digital Learning: Improve Educational Opportunities for American Indian Students

    Posted on February 21, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips

    Approximately 59,000 American Indian students live in Arizona —approximately 5 percent of total student enrollment. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, Arizona’s American Indian students score below the state average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading and mathematics exams.

  • Digital Learning: A Game Changer for American Indian Students

    Posted on February 21, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    American Indian students are more likely to live in poverty and face unemployment later in life. These children carry the burdens of geographic isolation and multi-generational poverty that are heavy to lift.

  • What to Do about Accountability in Education

    Posted on February 13, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the primary federal education law for K-12 public schools, was signed by George W. Bush a decade ago. Heralded by many as a great bipartisan agreement, NCLB ushered in a new era of accountability for public schools and, for the first time, required schools to show evidence of student achievement or face consequences.

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