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  • Shameless Self-Promotion: How Politicians Use Your Money to get Re-Elected

    Posted on May 12, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Shawnna L.M. Bolick

    Each year, American public officials spend millions in taxpayer funds to pay for broadcast ads, billboards, and glossy brochures under the umbrella of public service announcements. These officials often feature prominently in the ads, yielding increased name recognition and favorability ratings — objects of exceptional value — for them.

  • New Millennium Schools: Delivering Six-Figure Teacher Salaries in Return for Outstanding Student Learning Gains

    Posted on April 28, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner

    Despite the fact that American students enjoy higher average family incomes and per-pupil funding, they consistently rank near the bottom in international examinations of high school achievement. Many researchers point to the United States’ poor practices of recruiting, training, compensating, and retaining teachers. The highest-achieving countries tend to recruit their teachers from the top 5 percent of university graduates; however, on average, American K-12 schools recruit from the bottom third.

  • Student-Based Funding: How to Improve Transparency and Accountability in Arizona Public Education Finance

    Posted on April 01, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Susan Aud

    Like most states, Arizona finances its public schools through the application of complex formulas, some of which depend on enrollment and some of which rely upon categories of spending.

  • A New Charter for American Cities: 10 Rights to Restrain Government and Protect Freedom

    Posted on March 11, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    Legitimate governments are meant to secure liberty. Local governments are no exception. That's why this report recommends adopting and enforcing the first principles of legitimate government at the local level. It provides the theoretical basis for advancing a judicially enforceable set of individual rights, as opposed to simply relying on local political processes to achieve reform. And it furnishes a road map for legislatively implementing the recommended reforms. In so doing, the proposed Local Liberty Charter aims to restrain out-of-control local government growth.

  • Saving with Systemic Change

    Posted on March 04, 2009 | Type: Policy Report

    The state budget crisis is estimated to be at least $3 billion for fiscal year 2010, and perhaps reach $4 billion. When facing a 40 percent General Fund shortfall, reducing spending by 2 or 3 percent in some of the state's biggest budget areas won't even begin to make a dent. The Goldwater Institute proposes 16 systemic changes that will save the state money now and bolster the private economy in the long term.

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