Arizona's Charter Schools: A Survey of ParentsPosted on April 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford
This study of charter school parents is the first in a series to be conducted by the Goldwater Institute with the assistance of many supporters, most notably, the Dial Corp., Motorola Inc., and Bank of America. This body of research provides fresh insights into who attends charter schools and why. Until now, no statewide survey of charter schools had been undertaken. Several case studies and limited surveys have been conducted, but this is the first major progress toward developing population parameters for charter schools. The Goldwater Institute study also reveals information about charter schools that is contrary to popular opinion and may have considerable impact on future study and development of charter schools.
The Healthy Families Program -- When Success Doesn't Really Mean SuccessPosted on January 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford
No issue elicits more intensity, passion and emotion, yet generates so little honest discussion, as the question of how to address child abuse and neglect. Statistics and statements used to justify government programs that would be examined, analyzed and scrutinized anywhere else are considered untouchable here.
Arizona School Choice Trust - Survey of Participating FamiliesPosted on January 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Tara Ellman
The Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) is a non-profit, privately funded program (modeled after one developed by the Golden Rule Insurance Company in Indianapolis) that awards grants covering half of private school tuition, up to $800, to children in Maricopa County. Families must meet the income requirements of the National School Lunch Program.
Nice Digs, Low Scores: The (lack of) Relationship Between Capital Costs and Student PerformancePosted on December 01, 1995 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mary Gifford
The Goldwater Institute has long promoted reforms that will result in a more open, market-driven, decentralized approach to public education. Such an approach, of course, assumes a model for school finance that is dramatically different than what we have today.
Class Size and Student Achievement -- Is there a link?Posted on August 01, 1995 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jeff Flake
In this paper we study the prospect of improving student by lowering class size at the Kindergarten through third grade levels. Class size is often cited as a primary factor in student achievement; a student teacher ration of fifteen to one is often thought to be ideal. However, smaller classes and improved performance are primarily linked by conventional wisdom. We present and summarize evidence that this conventional wisdom is faulty.