2008 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-eighth Legislature, Second Regular SessionPosted on November 26, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Andrea Woodmansee
This sixth edition of the annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona legislators on 237 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. Those scores are tabulated into final percentage scores and letter grades that indicate how well each legislator adheres to the principles of limited government enshrined in the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.
100 Ideas for 100 Days 2009Posted 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 NationPosted 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 GovernmentPosted 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 EducationPosted 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.