A public watchdog group on Wednesday gave Phoenix a grade of D for its online disclosure of spending information, ranking it 19th among the 30 largest cities in the U.S.Read More »
Those who support Arizona’s new Common Core standards for math and English education say they help turn students into better thinkers and prepare them for college and the workforce.
Those who question the new standards say they could create added expenses for public schools, including new textbooks, teacher training and the need for new technology. They say the price tag, still undetermined, could be astronomical.
As one of only three representatives in their fourth and final term in the state House, Speaker Andy Tobin, a Republican from Paulden, has more institutional knowledge than most. He has risen through the ranks from freshman, to the majority whip, to majority leader, to the top position in the House. Tobin, who because of term limits is unable to run for re-election to the House, has seen the state through surplus and deficit. Looking back on his time in the Legislature, he is determined to leave the state in better condition than it was when he was first elected.Read More »
This year's most outstanding quips, gibes and utterances.Read More »
Legislation to tighten fraud controls for a rapidly expanding voucher- style program that could serve up to 200,000 more students next year is being drafted by the state Department of Education and Goldwater Institute.Read More »
The Arizona Board of Regents decided Monday not to levy a fee against university students next semester to fund a politically active non-profit group.Read More »
Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias is adding another line on his résumé – director of Compact for America, a Texas-based nonprofit group whose goal is to convene a constitutional convention for a balanced budget amendment.Read More »
First it was featured in a controversial summer movie, and now it could come to a school near you. A liberal school-choice group from California is trying to build a coalition of local education groups to pass an Arizona law allowing parents to take over failing schools.Read More »
When Pinal County Republicans drafted Sen. Steve Smith to run for House speaker next session, they cited reasons why current House Speaker Andy Tobin isn’t conservative enough for the job.Read More »
The coalition organizing against a new sales tax initiative is far cry from the anemic opposition to Proposition 100 two years ago.
Some of the key figures from the yes-on-100 effort are now in the opposition camp for Proposition 204.