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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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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DISTRICT CONVERSION CHARTER SCHOOLS A MONEY GRAB

    Posted on December 06, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Twenty traditional public school districts opened 59 charter schools this year and gained access to a combined $33 million a year increase in state funds, mostly by turning their traditional public schools into charters. State budget analysts warn this places additional pressure on Arizona’s tax-supported general fund.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOJ 'REVIEW’ ACTION COULD REGULATE LOUISIANA VOUCHER PROGRAM OUT OF EXISTENCE

    Posted on December 05, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    In light of efforts by the Justice Department to impose burdensome regulations on Louisiana's popular school voucher program, the Goldwater Institute filed an appeal Thursday, on behalf of Louisiana families and the Black Alliance for Educational Options, asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the families' voices to be heard in the case.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DESPITE FEDERAL RETREAT, LOUISIANA VOUCHER PROGRAM REMAINS IN PERIL IN FRIDAY COURT BATTLE

    Posted on November 21, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Federal district court Judge Ivan Lemelle will hear arguments tomorrow over whether the Louisiana school voucher program, which serves thousands of low-income schoolchildren, should be made subject to a 40-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

  • Common Core vs. Charter School Independence

    Posted on November 19, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Nearly 6,000 charter schools operate around the U.S. and enroll some 2 million children. Public charter schools are designed as alternatives to traditional public schools, and in many cases they operate independently from local school districts. Charter schools sign contracts that allow them to choose their own curriculum and teaching styles to meet the individual needs of their students. The contracts exempt charter schools from state regulations, but state agencies can close a charter school if students don't succeed.

  • Dollars, Flexibility, and an Effective Education: Parent Voices on Arizona’s Education Savings Accounts

    Posted on October 03, 2013 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Arizona’s education savings accounts are the most innovative way for parents to find a great education for their child. The Arizona Department of Education deposits 90 percent of an eligible child’s funding from the state funding formula into a parent’s private bank account. Families then use a debit card or an online payment service such as PayPal to pay for such expenses as textbooks, private school tuition, online classes, and tutors. Each account results in a cost-savings to the taxpayer, demonstrating that a high-quality education can be provided for less than what taxpayers pay for public schools.

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