Comparison of Traditional Public Schools and Charter Schools on Retention, School Switching, and Achievement GrowthPosted on March 15, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Pete Goldschmidt
There is a growing body of literature comparing the effectiveness of charter schools and traditional public schools. No consensus has yet been reached, but there are persistent concerns that performance differences might be due to "better" students attending charter schools. Researchers must therefore first determine whether charter school students and traditional public school students are substantially different before they can attribute any achievement differences to the education provided by these schools.
School Vouchers: Constitutionally Permissible in ArizonaPosted on March 08, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick
Arizona's public education landscape offers a plethora of choices, from open public school enrollment to charter schools to private school scholarships funded by income tax credits. The one missing ingredient is school vouchers, which would provide private school opportunities to children whom the public schools are not serving well.
Protecting Private Property: The Case for Vested Property RightsPosted on March 01, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jordan R. Rose
Many Arizona property owners have learned the hard way that municipalities are free to change zoning classifications and thereby "downzone" parcels of land. Also, local governments may change the zoning restrictions or requirements included in zoning ordinances. Such government actions frequently diminish the value of landowner's properties and destroy investments.
Three Paths to Prosperity: An Examination of Proposals for Fundamental Tax ReformPosted on February 09, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Debra Roubik
Using a statistical model the VisionEcon Dynamic Revenue Model this study estimates the economic effects of repealing the corporate and personal income taxes in Arizona. In particular, it examines three specific proposals: two Goldwater Institute proposals and a proposal by former state treasurer Carol Springer. Under all three scenarios, repealing the income tax in Arizona would generate substantial employment and personal income growth when compared to the baseline trend.
Getting Back to Work: Reforming Unemployment Insurance to Increase EmploymentPosted on January 26, 2004 | Type: Policy Report | Author: William B. Conerly
A suitable unemployment insurance (UI) policy should work to promote employment. Essentially unchanged since its inception in the 1930s, the existing UI system actually works against employment. The current system increases average time spent unemployed and leads to a substantial number of temporary layoffs.