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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iPods and education reformPosted on September 20, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
With a market share of 75-80 percent, iPods have forced everyone to figure out what to do with their old CD collections. Great ideas have a way of taking over and make us forget what life was like before we had them. Over the past decade, school-choice programs changed the way we look at the world, too.
Are we talking about consolidation, again?Posted on September 06, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
As a new school year begins, students return to the classroom and see old friends, meet their new teachers, and begin the class routine. This fall, some lawmakers are returning to something that’s become a routine, too: talking about school district unification and consolidation.
2011 Legislative Report Card for ArizonaPosted on August 24, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias
Engaged citizens make for good governments. That’s the central idea behind the ninth annual Institute Legislative Report Card, which takes into account 375 votes during the first session of Arizona’s fiftieth legislature. The result is a citizen-friendly tool for evaluating legislators’ votes against a simple, important standard: their impact on liberty.
Jonathan Butcher Appears on KVOAPosted on July 27, 2011 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Jonathan Butcher appeared on Tucson's KVOA after the Tucson Unified School District narrowed down options on what to do with nine empty schools.
Educational scholarships offer new hope for special-needs childrenPosted on July 19, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Samantha Boesl has high hopes for her 10-year-old son, Blake. He’s always been smart, a visual learner with what his mother describes as a photographic memory. But he’s also been challenged. Blake is autistic, and is easily distracted and influenced by the behaviors of those around him.