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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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  • School Choice Week 2014: Creating “a Climate of Possibility”

    Posted on January 30, 2014 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOUISIANA VOUCHER COURT HEARING BARS SCHOLARSHIP FAMILIES FROM PARTICIPATING

    Posted on January 22, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    A court hearing scheduled for this Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will begin to decide the fate of the Louisiana scholarship program---but it will be conducted behind closed doors and lawyers for the scholarship families were excluded from participation.

  • A Vision for Education and the Future of Learning

    Posted on January 18, 2014 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Decades of stagnant student test scores and underwhelming high school graduation rates in Arizona and around the country substantiate Mitra’s isolated findings. Traditional classrooms cannot equip every child for whatever their unique future holds, whether they move on to college or enter the job market. In fact, school, as we have known it, may be part of the problem. Students shouldn’t be assigned to a school based on their ZIP code. They should be free to choose the best classes, tutors, or extracurricular activities from a menu of options online or in traditional classrooms, no matter where they live.

  • Old desegregation orders undermine school reform : Column

    Posted on December 29, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick

    Families are now fighting for new rights.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAWMAKERS, GOLDWATER INSTITUTE WILL WORK TO EXPAND EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN 2014

    Posted on December 16, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    The Goldwater Institute will work with Arizona lawmakers next session to expand the state's first-in-the-nation education savings account program to low-income families, according to Goldwater Institute Education Director Jonathan Butcher Monday.

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