Assessing Proposals for Preschool and Kindergarten: Essential Information for Parents, Taxpayers and PolicymakersPosted on February 08, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Darcy Olsen
Last year, Arizona governor Janet Napolitano released a School Readiness Action Plan that included the widely discussed proposal for state-funded kindergarten and a lesser-discussed plan for state-supported preschool. Speaking before the National Task Force on Public Education, the Governor said her aim was ensconcing early care and education as a lockstep component of public schooling. She considers the plan a starting point for the states role in the development of Arizona's youngest children.
A Guide to Understanding State Funding of Arizona Public School StudentsPosted on January 19, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Susan Aud
As the debate surrounding school choice and school financing continues around the country, I am frequently struck by how little is known about how states fund K-12 education. Various legislatures and the courts mandate equalized funding and accountability, but states often lack the transparency necessary to ensure compliance. Given the complexity of school financing, typically only a handful of people in a state understand how funding formulas work or how much money is spent per student. Arizona is no different.
Survey of Arizona Private Schools: Tuition, Testing and CurriculaPosted on January 05, 2005 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Ross Groen
Arizona public school enrollment is projected to exceed one million students by 2013. Currently, Arizona ranks first nationally for highest capital outlay expenditures and second for interest on school debt expenditures, totaling nearly $2,000 per student. Arizona's private schools educate five percent of the state's K-12 student population. Developing policies that take advantage of existing and potential private school capacity could help ease the public school burden of educating significantly more students, while potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Policing and Prosecuting for Profit: Arizona's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Violate Basic Due Process ProtectionsPosted on November 15, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Timothy Keller
In 2002, New Jersey's Carol Thomas made headlines after her teenage son used her 1990 Ford Thunderbird to sell marijuana to an undercover police officer. He was arrested, pled guilty and faced his punishment. However, that did not end the case. The government also seized Thomas' car, despite the fact that no drugs were found in the car, she was the sole owner, and she had no knowledge of her son's use of the car to sell illegal drugs. The government's action was pursuant to a legal doctrine-civil asset forfeiture-that allows police and prosecutors to seize and forfeit property without ever filing criminal charges against the property owner.
2004 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-sixth Legislature, Second Regular SessionPosted on October 25, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Satya Thallam
Sen. Barry Goldwater best articulated his legislative mission when he said, "if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty"