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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: Arizona Governor Signs Education Savings Account Expansion Bill into Law

    Posted on June 21, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Children languishing in public schools that don’t meet their unique needs now have better options, thanks to legislation signed into law this week to expand Arizona’s groundbreaking education savings account program to kindergarteners who meet the program’s other eligibility requirements. The legislation also increases the funding available for families using the accounts to better enable parents to meet their children’s needs.

  • Charter Schools Should have Better Access to Empty Public School Buildings

    Posted on May 28, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    The wave of school building closures comes at a time when charter schools are disproportionally represented in the list of the top performing schools in the state. As TUSD shutters schools, shouldn’t the district find a way for successful charter schools to move in and give families better options?

  • Arizona Charter Schools: A Vision for the Next 20 Years

    Posted on May 22, 2013 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Over the past 20 years, Arizona teachers, parents, and community leaders have created more than 500 charter schools—independent, tuition-free public schools that operate with fewer regulations in exchange for higher levels of transparency. Some of these schools are among the highest-achieving schools in the nation, with their students routinely topping nationwide comparisons.

  • Charter Schools Outperforming Traditional Counterparts

    Posted on May 22, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    In a new report released Wednesday, Goldwater Institute education director Jonathan Butcher documents the successes of charter schools in Arizona. The report recommends several key reforms to ensure that charter schools can continue to flourish over the next 20 years, including safeguarding against government red tape and ensuring they have access to underused traditional school facilities.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    Posted on May 09, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Phoenix and New York City are separated by 2,500 miles, but the distance between them in terms of education innovation can only be measured in light years.

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