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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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  • Schools and the Sequester

    Posted on March 20, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    You may be wondering what the “sequester,” or cuts in federal funding due to a Congressional budget impasse, will mean for Arizona schools. The estimated reductions in federal money to Arizona schools could amount to $17.7 million, but before we stock up on canned goods and head for the hills, let’s put in perspective what $17.7 million represents.

  • How About a Catalog of Which School Choice Options Are (and Are Not) Available?

    Posted on March 19, 2013 | Type: In the News

    Arizona has among the widest menu of schools, non-schools and creative approaches for absorbing information in the country. But finding out about some of these options can be challenging, since there's no source for one-stop shopping. Enter the Goldwater Institute, which has published A Parent's Guide to School Choice to close the information gap.

  • Goldwater Institute Releases Model "School Choice Catalog"

    Posted on March 11, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    From tax-credits to fund tuition scholarships to charter schools to the revolutionary education savings account program, Arizona is the national leader in school choice; the state has a broader range of school options than anywhere else in the country.

  • A Parent’s Guide to School Choice: Education Options for Arizona Families

    Posted on March 11, 2013 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    From tax-credits to fund tuition scholarships to charter schools to the revolutionary education savings account program, Arizona is the national leader in school choice; the state has a broader range of school options than anywhere else in the country. Unfortunately, many families simply don’t know how to take advantage of these opportunities. 87,000 Arizona children, or almost ten percent, are languishing in failing schools. It is clear that more needs to be done to increase the involvement of parents in choosing the best education option for their children.

  • The Road Less Traveled

    Posted on February 21, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" is how Robert Frost opens his famous poem about choosing the "road not taken," and Arizona is now staring down two different paths when it comes to the future of education funding. Let’s hope state leaders take the less-traveled road because the regularly-traveled one is a road to nowhere.

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