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  • Guidelines for Analyzing Arizona Ballot Propositions

    Posted on September 01, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karen Glennon

    Thomas Jefferson said there is "no safer depository of the ultimate power of society but the people themselves." Initiative and referendum is the means by which ultimate political power is retained by the citizens. It is a reminder that in our republican form of government nothing is more sacred than the right and freedom to govern ourselves. In its purest form is a powerful tool for defending liberty and restraining tyranny.

  • Does Charter School Attendance Improve Test Scores? The Arizona Results

    Posted on March 16, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Kern Paark

    Since the first two charter schools opened in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1992, a reliable study of the effects of charter school attendance on student achievement has been called for. The question in evaluating the effects of charter school attendance is whether charter school students perform better or worse, on average, than similar students in traditional public schools (TPS).

  • Does Arizona Works Work? Welfare Reform in Arizona

    Posted on February 01, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Robert J. Franciosi

    Arizona Works is a four-year, pilot welfare reform program currently operating in the eastern part of Maricopa County, and soon starting in Mohave County. It has several important features that distinguish it from the state's regular welfare program EMPOWER Redesign, and make it one of the most innovative welfare reform programs in the nation.

  • Five Year Charter School Study - An Overview

    Posted on November 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Karla Phillips

    The Goldwater Institute's Center for Market-Based Education (CMBE) started this second component of a larger charter school impact project in December 1999. It provides an in-depth look at Arizona's most mature charter schools and how they have evolved during their first five years of operation. Since charter schools are a creation of public policy and exist through a contract with a public sponsor, we believe it is important to examine the evolution of charter schools within the context of the Arizona charter school law and the charter contracting process. For this reason we have included an evolution of the first five years of both the charter law and the charter contracting process.

  • How Urban Density Intensifies Traffic Congestion and Air Pollution

    Posted on October 01, 2000 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Wendell Cox

    Residents and public officials in urban areas around the world are concerned about traffic congestion and air pollution. Of the two problems, traffic congestion is the more intractable, because improved vehicle technologies are already having a dramatic effect on improving air quality.

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