AZ Adopts Sweeping Ed reforms

May 14, 2010 by  

Besides the important move to ban racially charged ethnic studies programs like Tucson’s La Raza, a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Montenegro and highly promoted by Supt. Tom Horne (watch FOX interview here), the legislature advanced a host of substantive education reforms that were instrumental in increasing academic performance in Florida by 18% in a few short years…

…Including the following:

     1) Arizona now will annually issue schools a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F.

     2) The state now will have a robust opportunity for experts in math, science and other areas to teach their subjects without first getting a teaching certificate from a college of education.

     3) Lawmakers curtailed social promotion – third graders who have yet to master reading must be retained.

     4) Legislators expanded the sources available to launch new charter schools.

     5) Lawmakers increased the size and transparency of the state scholarship tax credit program, aligning the date for claiming the tax credits with tax day, April 15 rather than December 31.

     6) The Legislature also specified school districts cannot use “years on the job” as the only criteria when deciding which teachers to keep. The Arizona Department of Education will be required to develop teacher and principal evaluations that include how well students score on specific tests.

Read the entire synopsis of the reforms by Matthew Ladner of the Goldwater Instituteclick here.

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