Kathleen Navin

The Goldwater Institute recently issued a news release on a lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The lawsuit aims to protect the autonomy and rights of the state's charter schools and is in response to the following:

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has mandated that the schools align their curricula to an ADE-determined grade-by-grade curriculum sequence.

Part of the appeal and success of charter schools has been the ability to try new curriculum that better suits students' interests and needs. These schools should not be required to change the very thing that makes them so successful. The charter schools involved do not appear to need any assistance in deciding which curriculum is best for their students:

BASIS Tucson, BASIS Scottsdale, Veritas Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Chandler Preparatory Academy and Mesa Preparatory Academy — include four of the ten highest-performing public schools in the state based on AIMS test scores. Newsweek has named BASIS Tucson one of the nation's ten best high schools for two consecutive years.

Hopefully, Missouri will not repeat the ADE's mistake, instead allowing its growing number of charter schools the freedom necessary to provide an innovative and quality education for their students.

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Kathleen Navin