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 choice and the future of online educationPosted on November 10, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
The late Steve Jobs would be proud: Last year, it was estimated that 1.5 million American students took courses online. Across the country, a majority of school districts have at least one student accessing classes through the internet.
Jonathan Butcher discusses the Parent Trigger LawPosted on November 09, 2011 | Type: In the News
The Goldwater Institute's Jonathan Butcher appeared on KTVK Channel 3 to discuss the parent trigger law, which would give parents the power to shut down their child's failing school.
Monuments to education fundingPosted on November 02, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
In a revealing moment of honesty, the Arizona teachers union and other opponents of education reform told the Arizona Capitol Times that they are crafting a new message on education funding that deals with fiscal responsibility. Tugging on peoples’ heart strings with the idea that more money for education is always right isn’t working.
My school got a D. Now what?Posted on October 26, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Under the Golden State’s new Parent Trigger law, parents can petition to close an underperforming school, convert it to a public charter school, or require the school to enact other reforms. Texas and Mississippi followed close behind with similar legislation, and as a result, more than 22 percent of American public-school parents can now vote to change their schools. Lawmakers in Arizona, and across the country, should give parents the same power to demand excellence
Report: Schools Must Keep Up With Shift Toward Digital LearningPosted on October 25, 2011 | Type: Press Release
Technology, new savings accounts could mean fully customized education solutions for children