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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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  • Separating the News from the Noise

    Posted 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).

  • The Evidence on School Choice is Out There, Let's Use It

    Posted on April 04, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    Today, 17 states and the District of Columbia allow children to use scholarships to choose between public and private schools, regardless of what public school their zip code assigns them to. Twenty years ago, only one state offered parents this freedom: Wisconsin.

  • All Eyes on Arizona

    Posted on March 27, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher

    The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team is headed to the “Sweet 16” round of the NCAA tournament, having thumped their first two opponents, Belmont and Harvard. USA Today reports that it’s “hard to find flaws” with the Wildcat’s performance in the tourney so far.

  • With Vouchers, States Shift Aid for Schools to Families

    Posted on March 27, 2013 | Type: In the News

    A growing number of lawmakers across the country are taking steps to redefine public education, shifting the debate from the classroom to the pocketbook. Instead of simply financing a traditional system of neighborhood schools, legislators and some governors are headed toward funneling public money directly to families, who would be free to choose the kind of schooling they believe is best for their children, be it public, charter, private, religious, online or at home.

  • When the Gravy Train Stops

    Posted on March 26, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Kurt Altman

    Until February of this year, the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) had never had to compete for funds in the marketplace of ideas. ASA is a private organization formed in 1974 as a student group claiming to represent the approximately 150,000 students attending Arizona’s three public universities. Until 1998 ASA was directly subsidized by taxpayers through the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), an arm of Arizona state government. In 1998 ABOR began collecting money for ASA directly from students through their tuition bills.

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