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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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  • 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.

  • Education Savings Account Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1

    Posted 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.

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