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>

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The Goldwater Institute's Vice President of Research, Dr. Matthew Ladner, appeared on Fox 10 Newsmaker Sunday to discuss the state of education in Arizona. Ladner talks about how much Arizona spends per student, where the money goes, All Day-K, and which state Arizona should model its education system after.

Watch it here.

The Goldwater Institute's Vice President of Research, Dr. Matthew Ladner, talked to ABC 15 News about the effects of budget cuts on education in Arizona.

Watch it here.

 

 

Phoenix--Arizona faces one of the largest budget deficits in the nation and lawmakers are struggling to close the gap. Because half of all General Fund spending goes toward education, schools and universities will necessarily be affected by the state's across-the-board belt tightening. 

Barack Obama has made few policy pronouncements since his November election. But he and his wife have made a personal decision that is rich with policy ramifications: the choice of a school for their daughters.

 

The principles of individual rights and limited government enshrined in the Arizona Constitution are as relevant today as they were when it was written almost 100 years ago. Indeed, its words are the very foundation of ideas that will advance freedom. Article II, Section II of the Arizona Constitution clearly states the purpose of government: All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.

Dr. Matthew Ladner spoke with KION talk show host Mark Carbonaro in Salinas, California about the dramatic improvements Florida has made to its education system, and how Arizona and California can make similar improvements.

Phoenix--Ten years ago, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and lawmakers decided to do something about declining test scores in the Sunshine State. Through a strategy of accountability for public schools and options for dissatisfied parents, they set out to reform the state's education system. The results are eye-opening.

The Morrison Institute's report "Beat the Odds" told the story of a demographer who called the American Southwest the "Appalachia of the 21st century."

Because Hispanic students generally score poorly on standardized tests, are less likely to graduate from high school, less likely still to attend college, the demographer said Appalachia-like poverty was only a matter of time.

For Arizona, the story gets worse.

The days for Arizona's AIMS test may be numbered.

In a little-noticed provision slipped into the budget bill that was passed in the early morning during the final hours of the legislative session, a task force was created to examine the merits of the state's high school exit test and explore alternatives.

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