Private School Subsidies: A very expensive gift that may also be unconstitutional

January 22, 2020
  • The US Supreme Court will consider a case that addresses the use of tax credits to pay for private school tuition at a religious school.
  • Arizona’s private schools are mostly religious and not bound by curricular standards and can discriminate against students or families who do not comply with the tenets of the school’s religion.
  • Arizona redirects about $200 million per year on private school subsidies.
  • Arizona’s private school subsidies have increased student enrollment by only 4,000 over 20 years.
  • Charter schools are a much more successful and less expensive school choice option, serving 160,000 more students annually than they served 20 years ago.

Resist the Urge: Don’t cut higher education when the economy slows

September 2, 2019

Murmurs of the next recession have been around for years. So, let’s say the worst actually does come to pass in the United States, what can we expect to happen?Look nowhere else than an industry which gets hit hard during these times by our legislature’s austerity angst: higher education.

Heavens to Betsy!

July 3, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey released a tweet denouncing Nike for cancelling plans to produce a Betsy Ross Flag version of sneakers—all designed to hit the 5 a.m. Eastern Time Fox News cycle.

Rim to Rim- Budget 2020

June 29, 2019

While Arizonians were enjoying their Memorial Day weekend, lawmakers and their staff were trapped in the boiler room, desperately trying to keep the collective madness from igniting into threats, ultimatums, or even open rebellion.  Now that the West is a bit less wild and we enter the new fiscal year, let’s take a look at how our esteemed officials left some of the issues that we have been following.