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  • 100 Ideas for 100 Days 2009

    Posted on November 19, 2008 | Type: Policy Report

    The Goldwater Institute presents 100 Ideas for 100 Days—one idea for each day of the legislative session. These ideas will help lower the tax burden, give parents more choices in where their children go to school, and address the states billion dollar budget shortfall.

  • Demography Defeated: Florida's K-12 Reforms and Their Lessons for the Nation

    Posted on September 30, 2008 | Type: Policy Report

    Jeb Bush campaigned for governor on a clear and bracing set of education reforms in 1998. Having won office, he immediately pursued a dual-track strategy of education reform: standards and accountability for public schools, and choice options for dissatisfied parents. Florida lawmakers followed these reforms with additional measures, including instruction-based reforms; the curtailing of social promotion, which advances students to higher grades regardless of academic achievement; merit pay for teachers; and additional choice measures.

  • Piercing the Fog: A Call for Greater Transparency in State and Local Government

    Posted on July 29, 2008 | Type: Policy Report

    Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. - Thomas Jefferson

  • Fortune Favors the Bold: Reforms for Results in K-12 Education

    Posted on July 02, 2008 | Type: Policy Report

    Arizona trails far behind other states in terms of public school academic achievement. National comparative data often place Arizona near the bottom of state rankings. Aggregate fourth-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nations Report Card or NAEP, barely budged between 1992 and 2007. Other states, meanwhile, have made substantial progress.

  • Arizona's Struggle for Sovereignty: The Consequences of Federal Mandates

    Posted on June 03, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Benjamin Barr

    ​Arizona is awash in federal money. In fiscal year (FY) 2007, Arizona received close to $8.5 billion in federal funds. This money funds programs that most Arizonans are familiar with, such as Medicaid and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Even though the inflow of federal dollars appears attractive, there is a catch: As federal dollars flow in, state dollars are fixed to ever-growing demands connected to these programs. In 2000, the State of Arizona used general funds at close to $463 million for Medicaid alone. By 2005, that figure had risen to $914 million, and it is projected to grow to $1.3 billion in FY 2008.

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