Education Reform

Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career.

<p>Too often, the traditional public-school model fails students and teachers. Charter schools, scholarship tax credits, and merit pay are giving students a better education and teachers a better career. </p>

Executive Summary

Enrollment at America’s leading universities has been increasing dramatically, rising nearly 15 percent between 1993 and 2007. But unlike almost every other growing industry, higher education has not become more efficient. Instead, universities now have more administrative employees and spend more on administration to educate each student. In short, universities are suffering from “administrative bloat,” expanding the resources devoted to administration significantly faster than spending on instruction, research and service.

Arizona had a breakthrough in 2010 that could end years of frustration about the state’s relatively low academic achievement. The Arizona Legislature this year adopted new reforms for K-12 public education that combine accountability, transparency and parental choice. Lawmakers modeled these changes on innovations first launched in Florida that have raised the average reading test scores for that state’s fourth-grade students by two entire grade levels over the past decade.

PHOENIX – When several new education reforms become law in late July, Arizona legislators and other state officials must seize the opportunity to improve student learning, says a new report from the Goldwater Institute.

In 2005 the Goldwater Institute did a study which showed all day kindergarten does not provide any educational benefits passed the third grade. Now, a new study confirms those findings. Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen discusses the findings on KPNX 12 News.

The Goldwater Institute's Le Templar joined KFYI's Terry Gilberg to talk about how no educational benefits are seen in All-day K students after the third grade.

Arizona's eighth-graders were in first grade when the No Child Left Behind Act became law, but, like the nation's eighth-graders, their average reading scores have stagnated since the act's debut in 2002, according to the latest annual "Nation's Report Card" results released Wednesday.

The state's eighth-graders remain 4 points behind the national average, placing Arizona 41st among states and the District of Columbia. Arizona's fourth-graders lag 10 points behind the national average, putting the state at 47th.

In American life, the most common flash point of conflict between a taxpaying citizen and an unresponsive government is at the local school district.

Sometimes the fuse is lit by the principal who feels she has better things to do than cater to the inquiries of a "nosy" parent.

More often, it is the imperious, elected school board that can't be bothered with petty details like posting public notices about upcoming meetings, or announcing important details about its agenda. Or even announcing the time and date of meetings at all.

Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen went on Arizona Illustrated to talk about education reform, budget priorities and publicly-financed elections in Arizona.

Watch it here

The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Matthew Ladner told ABC 15 that ASU's low admission standards are leading to a higher dropout rate.

Watch it here

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