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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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  • Faasse v. Scott

    Posted on July 30, 2014 | Type: Case

    In May 2014, the Florida Legislature passed SB 850, which was a comprehensive education bill. In part, the bill created the innovative Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) program. The purpose of the PLSA Program is to empower parents of special needs children to direct educational funds toward a combination of programs and approved providers in order to address the unique and individualized needs of their children as each parent sees fit. The Florida Education Association (FEA), through its member Tom Faasse, has filed suit challenging SB 850. FEA claims that SB 850 violates the Florida Constitution's "single subject" rule, which requires that every bill passed contain only one subject. However, the subject of SB 850 is clearly education. If FEA prevails in its suit, the PLSA program will be wiped off the books and many families will lose the opportunity give their special needs children the unique and specialized education they need to thrive as adults. FEA’s attorney, Ron Meyer, has called the personalized learning accounts "a collateral casualty" in the lawsuit. The Goldwater Institute has filed to join the State of Florida in opposing the lawsuit in order to protect the right of parents to direct the education of their special needs children.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOUISIANA FAMILIES TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: OUR KIDS’ SCHOOLING IS NOT YOUR BUSINESS

    Posted on May 05, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Having fought their way into the courtroom last month to defend Louisiana’s school voucher program against a legal attack by the US Department of Justice, a coalition of Louisiana parents is now asking a judge to terminate the proceedings altogether.

  • 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

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