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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Charter Schools Outperforming Traditional CounterpartsPosted 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 CitiesPosted 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.
Education Savings Account Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1Posted on April 30, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
This is a big week for Arizona families. First, children in failing schools and children with special needs, along with children from active-duty military families and adopted children have until Wednesday to apply for an education savings account. These accounts, only available in Arizona, have helped more than 300 children in the past two years find better education options than what their zip code assigned them to, including tutoring services, online classes, and private schools.
Free Babysitting! Call MSNBC.Posted on April 17, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Last week, MSNBC began advertising their new, full-time babysitting cooperative. It’s free, and every child is eligible. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said in the ad, “Kids belong to whole communities,” and children should be “everybody’s responsibility, and not just the household’s.”
Separating the News from the NoisePosted on April 11, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
What we really need to know more about is how to give every child the chance at a great education. Charter schools generate headlines here. Arizona has 535 charter schools, and a higher percentage of charters earned an “A” on their state report card (35 percent) than traditional schools (22 percent).