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  • Analysis by American Federation of Teachers Incomplete: Charter School Students Show Higher Achievement Growth

    Posted on August 18, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-An analysis released yesterday by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) concludes that charter school student achievement is lagging. The AFT stated that their analysis "shows that charter school students mostly underperform and sometimes score about as well as regular public school students." However, that conclusion is based on a limited one-year snapshot of test scores.

  • Superior Court Decision Flouts Law: Undermines Initiative Process

    Posted on July 29, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In an unexpected ruling today, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Downie ruled that the No Taxpayer Money for Politicians Act violates the "single-subject" rule of the Arizona Constitution (Article XXI, Section1), a decision that could stop the initiative from appearing on the November ballot. The defenders of the initiative are rightly filing a special action with the Arizona Supreme Court, requesting review of the lower court decision.

  • Scottsdale City Council to Invoke Emergency Clause: Flagrant Abuse of Municipal Power

    Posted on June 30, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX - The Scottsdale City Council will vote Tuesday to approve a controversial plan to turn the site of the former Los Arcos mall into a business park. Scottsdale officials plan to invoke the city charter's emergency clause to prevent a voter referendum on the $130 million project.

  • Phoenix on Way to Becoming Valley of Corporate Handouts

    Posted on June 16, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX - The Phoenix city council will vote this afternoon on whether to build a 1,000-room downtown hotel at public expense. If approved, Phoenix residents will foot the bill for the estimated $350 million project.

  • Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona Tax Credits Defeat for States' Rights

    Posted on June 15, 2004 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-In a move that expands federal government control over state tax codes, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that challenges to state tax credits can be heard in federal court. The ruling undermines the authority of state courts to rule on state tax matters and allows federal courts to interfere with the administration of state tax systems.

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