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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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  • 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.


    Posted on September 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release | Author: Lucy Morrow Caldwell

    Federal desegregation orders remain in effect in over 200 school districts throughout the country. If the Department of Justice succeeds in blocking the voucher program, it could thwart voucher programs, charter school access and other school choice opportunities across the U.S.

  • Justice Department vs. Louisiana Voucher Kids

    Posted on September 23, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick

    Eric Holder hauls out a 40-year-old civil rights case to attack minority school choice.

  • 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.

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