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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Policy Recommendations: Keep Arizona Charter Schools Independent from Traditional School DistrictsPosted on December 11, 2013 | Type: Article | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Until recently, the Arizona State Charter School Board authorized nearly all of Arizona’s charter schools, independent public schools that can be closed if they do not meet the terms of their contract, or charter. Now, however, traditional public school districts are converting their local schools to charter schools. Investigative reporter Emily Gersema’s special report finds scant evidence that school district conversions will give parents like Jen more choices for their child’s education.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DISTRICT CONVERSION CHARTER SCHOOLS A MONEY GRABPosted 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 EXISTENCEPosted 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 BATTLEPosted 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 IndependencePosted 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.