School Choice in Arizona: A Review of Existing Programs and a Road Map for Future ReformsPosted on March 04, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner
In 1994, Arizona lawmakers took the first steps toward parental choice in education through the open-enrollment and charter school laws. Later, lawmakers added reforms such as scholarship tax credits (1997 and 2006) and limited vouchers (2006). With 13 years of experience in school choice experiments, the time has come for Arizona to take stock of the past and make plans for the future. This paper examines the progress of the existing Arizona school choice programs and makes recommendations for their improvement and expansion.
Muddy Waters: Deconstructing the Clean Water Act in ArizonaPosted on January 28, 2008 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Benjamin Barr
Arizona faces an environmental challenge: take responsibility for its own environmental management or cede authority to the federal government. For some time, there has been a decided preference for the latter. With that acquiescence come substantial problems for the state. This study examines one such problem: the heavy-handed regulation of water in one of the nations driest states.
Hold the Phone: Why Arizona Doesn't Need a Cellphone Users Bill of RightsPosted on January 22, 2008 | Type: Policy Report
In 2008, the Arizona Legislature will consider whether to enact the Cellphone Users Bill of Rights to regulate wireless phone service in the state. Provisions include a ban on wireless contracts with an initial term over one year and several letting consumers rescind their contracts more easily.
100 Ideas for 100 Days 2008Posted on January 03, 2008 | Type: Policy Report
As the branch of government explicitly charged with lawmaking, the legislature has the potential to be the greatest guardian of constitutionally enshrined liberties. To that end, the Goldwater Institute presents 100 ideas—one idea to consider for each day of the legislative session (and a few more for good measure)to protect and advance individual rights.
Dividing Line: Racial Preferences in ArizonaPosted on December 04, 2007 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick
The issue of governmentally imposed racial preferences has been raised in Arizona in the context of a proposed voter initiative to ban discrimination in public education, employment, and contracts. Following similar initiatives that voters overwhelmingly approved in California, Washington State, and Michigan, anti-racial preference activist Ward Connerly is collecting signatures to place the issue on the November 2008 Arizona statewide ballot as part of a Super Tuesday in which such measures will appear on the ballots in five states. If enacted, the initiative will amend the Arizona Constitution to completely forbid such preferences, making state law more restrictive than the federal Constitution, which has been construed to forbid most but not all racial classifications.