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Challenge for the 2008 Legislature (access required)

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, and the Arizona Legislature finds itself right in the middle, with education of our youth in jeopardy. The best of times: We’re on a roll! Arizona has established ...

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Do state tests make the grade? (access required)

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of standardized tests in public schools today. Grade advancement, high school diplomas, teacher bonuses, principals’ jobs and school reputations can all hinge on whether a student picks the right answer.So who creates the tests ...

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Arizona’s envious investment portfolio (access required)

Shortly after Dean Martin won the Treasurer’s Office, he “scrubbed” the office’s entire investment portfolio, making sure there were “no dogs left over from the previous administration.” The Treasurer’s Office is often referred to as the state’s bank. Tell our ...

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More states worry about revenues (access required)

The housing slump impacted revenue in 24 states this year and 18 say they are “concerned” about their revenue outlook, triple the number from last year, a new report released Dec. 10 shows.The glum assessment from the National Conference of ...

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Small lifestyle changes can lead to big savings (access required)

Does it sometimes seem like you spend money without even knowing where it’s gone?  If you are like most Americans, you’re being “nickled and dimed” by seemingly small charges throughout each week. Pretty soon all those nickels and dimes add ...

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