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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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
A Custom Education for Every Child: The Promise of Online Learning and Education Savings AccountsPosted on October 25, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Dan Lips
This paper examines how expanding access to online or virtual learning programs through state-funded Education Savings Accounts could enable Arizona families to truly customize their children’s education.
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
Byron Schlomach weighs in on a school bond initiativePosted on October 19, 2011 | Type: In the News
The Phoenix Union High School District is asking voters to approve $230 million in bonds to pay for facilities maintenance and repair. The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach explains why voters might want to think long and hard about this bond initiative.