Tag: education

Judge's take on Prop 123 could impact ed funding

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Local attorney Grady Gammage Jr. is a senior research fellow at Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Proposition 123 is back in the headlines because it’s back in the courtroom. The measure, approved by the voters in 2016, increased distributions from the “permanent fund” of proceeds from state trust lands to settle ongoing litigation with Arizona’s schools. Now, U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake has ruled that Proposition 123’s distributions may have violated the Enabling Act.

Grady Gammage

Report: AZ in crisis over teacher pay, retention

April 2017

Arizona teacher recruitment, retention and pay are at crisis levels with more teachers leaving the profession annually than bachelor of education degrees produced by the three universities, compounded by an exodus of instructors for reasons ranging from retirement to poor salaries.

Those are just some of the data points and facts in the upcoming Morrison Institute for Public Policy report, Finding & Keeping Educators for Arizona’s Classrooms. The study’s top facts are being released today in a two-page brief, with the full report to be released in May.

Discouraged/optimistic about AZ Latino education

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

There is no way to feel anything but both discouraged and optimistic when considering Latino education in Arizona.

I say “discouraged” because – despite laudable efforts that have resulted in some measurable improvement in recent years – Arizona remains on a collective track of dire economic consequences. Too few members of the state’s fastest-growing population are graduating from high school and college.

Joseph Garcia

AZ Latinos still face many obstacles to higher ed

January 2017

Cronkite News reported on the many obstacles Arizona Latinos face in obtaining higher education:

“What’s unusual is that here in Arizona we are experiencing changing demographics at an accelerated rate,” said Joseph Garcia, the director of the Latino Public Policy Center for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Morrison Institute honored for education policy work

September 2016

The Arizona Capitol Times has named Morrison Institute for Public Policy as one of its 2016 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy, with the Arizona State University center being recognized for its contributions to education.

Morrison Institute, which will celebrate its 35th year in 2017, has a longstanding reputation for bringing education issues to the forefront in terms of economic and workforce development and its intrinsic link to a prosperous future for the state and its residents.

Narrow victory for Prop 123 should not be narrowly interpreted

Friday, May 20, 2016

With Governor Doug Ducey calling it “a huge victory for public education,” Proposition 123 apparently has narrowly passed. The measure, which will direct money to Arizona’s schools without increasing taxes, was backed by every major business and education organization, the governor, Legislature, and a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign. Early on, it seemed like Prop 123 was a slam-dunk: It’s difficult to argue against “free money” for schools, and the impressive list of supporters meant that opposition would be scattered and underfunded.

Dan Hunting

AZ demographic hourglass is here and now

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future:

Arizona’s demographics are an hourglass. The bottom half are sands of mostly white baby boomers already or increasingly moving into retirement, while the top half is full with mostly young Latinos steadily joining the workforce, maturing into voting age and building families.

Joseph Garcia

Morrison-Cronkite Poll: Education, immigration reform favored

November 2015

With education once again topping the list of top priorities for the state, more than two thirds of Arizona voters would prefer raising taxes rather than cutting school funding, according to a new Morrison-Cronkite Poll. Further, the statewide poll indicates that 56 percent of all registered voters favor Governor Doug Ducey’s plan to withdraw additional money from Arizona’s permanent land trust fund to support public education.

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