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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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  • If 2011 Was the 'Year of School Choice,' What Does That Make 2012?

    Posted on April 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    The Wall Street Journal called 2011 the “Year of School Choice,” and with good reason. Thirteen states, including Arizona, passed or expanded choice-based reforms. Some two dozen other states considered similar legislation.

  • Arizona Must Update the Education Finance Formula

    Posted on April 10, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    On April 4, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed an expansion to Arizona’s education savings account program and drew attention to a subject that affects all Arizona educators and students.

  • Gov. Brewer Is Keeping Arizona at the Head of the Pack in Education Reform

    Posted on April 03, 2012 | Type: Blog

    Gov. Jan Brewer is poised to expand one of the most liberty-enhancing education reforms in U.S. history, the latest step in her growing legacy of meaningful education reform.

  • Time Is Running Out to Improve Arizona's Digital Learning Options This Session

    Posted on April 02, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Arizona students are at risk of having fewer digital learning options if lawmakers do not reconsider SB 1259, which provides more options for students to pursue digital learning outside of their school district’s boundaries.

  • Keeping Up with the Speed of Virtual Education

    Posted on March 22, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    In 1947, military experts were trying to build an aircraft that wouldn’t lose control at high speeds so a pilot could fly faster than the speed of sound. Pilots were afraid to accelerate beyond the sound barrier for fear they would never recover control of their plane.

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