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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What If You Could Only Buy One Kind of Car?Posted on January 17, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
Every child is different and needs to be challenged in different ways. Arizona has 52 school districts that offer online classes, along with charter schools like Connections Academy, Arizona Virtual Academy, and Primavera, to help students get ahead or take courses not offered at their assigned school. Yet traditional public school students cannot count on their school accepting credits from an online class offered outside their school district.
New Year Is Full of Promise for ChildrenPosted on January 10, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
The New Year is full of promise for over 200,000 Arizona children. Why? Because those children now have more options for schooling than ever before.
School Choice Version 2.0Posted on December 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
As states around the country get set to start their legislative sessions in January, making sure children are attending schools that challenge them and prepare them for life tops the list of priorities. Texas is one of the states considering a new scholarship for children in K-12, and even U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has suggested a tax credit scholarship program at the federal level.
Education Savings Accounts and Student Testing - We Can't Afford to Look the Other WayPosted on December 06, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
It’s time to let everyone—parents in Arizona and other states, along with state and national policymakers—see the results of Arizona’s education savings accounts. Over 400 children are using the accounts this year, and thousands more become eligible next year.
A Look Into The Higher Education Crystal BallPosted on November 28, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jonathan Butcher
We can’t help but love predictions. Before the start of college football season, ESPN always guesses who will win the national championship. Sports Illustrated’s NBA preview issue predicts it’ll be the Heat over the Lakers in the Finals this year. Days after the election, ABC News headlined a story with “After 2012 Election Expect 2016 Primaries to Begin Immediately,” making predictions about who may win the nominations for both parties in four years. And a blog called “EPIC 2020” is featuring a 10-minute video that sends us almost a decade into the future to see what colleges could look like.