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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Educational scholarships offer new hope for special-needs childrenPosted on July 19, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Samantha Boesl has high hopes for her 10-year-old son, Blake. He’s always been smart, a visual learner with what his mother describes as a photographic memory. But he’s also been challenged. Blake is autistic, and is easily distracted and influenced by the behaviors of those around him.
K-12 Business SchoolPosted on June 28, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Economists define “structural unemployment” as job openings going unfilled amidst a sea of unqualified applicants. That is in part what we’re seeing today. A McKinsey Institute survey found that 40 percent of firms have had job openings for six months or more that they can’t fill. Others estimate that America’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate would be 8 percent—12 percent lower—if such jobs could be filled.
Education savings accounts offer hope for special-needs kidsPosted on June 25, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Six years ago, Andrea Weck-Robertson was a single mother who wanted the best for her daughter. She struggled with her 4-year-old's special needs, including the challenges of autism and cerebral palsy. Andrea's experience with her local school convinced her that her daughter's condition was too severe for the care available.
Innovation found in Arizona, not Washington, D.C.Posted on June 21, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
“What happens if you design a school, from the ground-up, on the student instead of the bureaucracy?” ask creators of a short film about an Arizona charter school. The answer shouldn’t surprise you.
Maricopa Community Colleges: Flush with cash and hungry for morePosted on June 16, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Pop quiz: what institution has 460 employees making over $100,000 per year, 38 of whom received raises of $10,000 or more between 2008 and 2010? Maricopa County residents should know, they paid for it—and now they are paying even more.