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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Byron Schlomach weighs in on a school bond initiativePosted on October 19, 2011 | Type: In the News
The Phoenix Union High School District is asking voters to approve $230 million in bonds to pay for facilities maintenance and repair. The Goldwater Institute's Byron Schlomach explains why voters might want to think long and hard about this bond initiative.
Failing schools have nowhere to hidePosted on October 18, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Two new tools will force Arizonans to take a hard look at how our schools are performing – and make it difficult for low-performers to hide behind "fuzzy" labels.
Is certification required for teacher success?Posted on October 11, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Research indicates that, in the teaching profession, completion of a standard certification program doesn’t always signal competency in the classroom. In fact, teacher certification does not have a strong relationship with student achievement — effective teachers are better identified after having some classroom experience.
Goldwater Institute to Defend Special Needs Children's Scholarship Program in CourtPosted on September 26, 2011 | Type: Press Release
The Goldwater Institute announced it will intervene in a lawsuit, Niehaus v. Huppenthal, challenging Arizona’s ESA program.
iPods and education reformPosted on September 20, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
With a market share of 75-80 percent, iPods have forced everyone to figure out what to do with their old CD collections. Great ideas have a way of taking over and make us forget what life was like before we had them. Over the past decade, school-choice programs changed the way we look at the world, too.