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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOUISIANA VOUCHER COURT HEARING BARS SCHOLARSHIP FAMILIES FROM PARTICIPATINGPosted 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 LearningPosted 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.
A New Day for School Choice: Education Savings Accounts Turn 3 Years OldPosted on January 16, 2014 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher
This policy brief reviews the accounts’ first years of operation. Legislative changes since lawmakers enacted the accounts have given more children access, and in 2013, researchers conducted the first studies of how families are using the accounts. This brief will cover the new legislation and research, along with developments in a lawsuit that an Arizona teachers’ union and school boards’ association filed against the accounts. Finally, this report will offer three recommendations for education savings account expansion, fraud prevention, and academic transparency.
Old desegregation orders undermine school reform : ColumnPosted 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 2014Posted 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.