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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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  • 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.


    Posted on February 21, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    In A Vision for Education and the Future of Learning, Goldwater Institute education director Jonathan Butcher argues that traditional classrooms cannot equip every child for whatever their unique future holds, whether its college or entering the job market, and school as we know it is a leading cause of the problem.

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

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


    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.

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