This fall, the Goldwater Institute released two studies in the area of education. The Privately Financed Public University: A Case Study of the University of Michigan, demonstrates how a public university can become a top research institute while reducing dependence on state funds. By following UM’s example, Arizona’s top universities have potential to realize the same economic independence. In Education Savings Accounts: A Vehicle for School Choice, author Dan Lips proposes that families be allowed to open an account for each of their children into which the government would deposit that student's education funding allotment. In November, the Goldwater Institute teamed with the NAACP to submit an amicus brief in Tempe v. Valentine, an eminent domain case in which the Arizona Supreme Court ultimately rejected the city’s petition to overrule an earlier decision protecting property owners from eminent domain abuse. The Goldwater Institute is also very pleased to announce the addition of Starlee Rhoades as director of communications.