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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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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IN WAKE OF VICTORY OVER TEACHERS' UNIONS, ARIZONA LAWMAKERS, GOVERNOR APPROVE EXPANSION OF FIRST-IN-THE-NATION SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM

    Posted on April 24, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Governor Jan Brewer signed into law Wednesday two pieces of legislation that will expand a first-of-its-kind school choice program to an even larger pool of Arizona kids than are currently eligible. The move comes just weeks after the state prevailed over a three-year lawsuit by a local teachers' union challenging the constitutionality of the education savings accounts program.

  • Mediocre may be closer than it appears

    Posted on March 25, 2014 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    When driving, if you look in your side-view mirror, you’re reminded that “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” In Arizona, despite what state results show for our public schools, mediocrity may be closer than it appears.

  • BREAKING NOW: ARIZONA SUPREME COURT DENIES TEACHERS’ UNION APPEAL, UPHOLDS NEXT FRONTIER EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT PROGRAM

    Posted on March 21, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Ruling paves way for education savings accounts throughout the country, even where vouchers have been rejected

  • Education savings accounts and The Magnolia State

    Posted on March 14, 2014 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Remember when you finished high school? The sheepskin you received at graduation was your ticket to either a job or college. Wherever you were going, that accomplishment would follow you and help you get started in adulthood.

  • Brumfield v. Dodd

    Posted on March 03, 2014 | Type: Case

    Attorney General Eric Holder argues the program runs afoul of desegregation orders, which operate in 34 Louisiana school districts. By potentially altering the racial composition of those schools by taking minority children out of failing public schools, the Justice Department asserts the program "frustrates and impedes the desegregation process." It has asked the federal court to forbid future scholarships in those districts until the state requests and receives approval in each of the 22 or more cases that might be affected. It seeks an injunction in Brumfield v. Dodd, a case filed nearly 40 years ago challenging a program that provided state funding for textbooks and transportation for private "segregation academies," to which white students were fleeing to avoid integration. Since 1975, private schools have had to demonstrate that they do not discriminate in order to participate in that program.

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