In a featured story in The Arizona Republic, school principal Eric Atuahene attributed the success of navigating through the challenges of his first year to a program that mentors and trains new principals at predominantly low-income, minority schools. Quentin Elementary in Avondale is one of a growing number of Arizona schools struggling to raise student achievement among Latinos.
The program, Beat the Odds, was launched in 2007 by the Center for the Future of Arizona.
As a guest on KJZZ radio, Morrison Institute for Public Policy director Thom Reilly discussed the recent policy Arizona adopted that limits the lifetime eligibility requirements for families who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) support for one year. The federal government allows up to five years of support before it gets cut off. It is the toughest welfare policy in the nation.
The Arizona Republic reported that while Sen. John McCain took ridicule from presidential candidate Donald Trump, the praise he then received from high-profile Republicans, as well as the President’s office and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, has been a political windfall for the Senator.
Bruce Merrill, a veteran Arizona political scientist and pollster who has followed McCain’s political career since his first race for Congress in 1982, said the episode demonstrates Trump’s divisiveness and lack of depth and political maturity.
BizTucson Magazine looks at the Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy report, “Sun Corridor,” what the reporter calls a bold vision stretching from Nogales to Prescott and beyond that would make the region one of the most economically potent in the country.
According to the Morrison Institute, population in the Sun Corridor is expected to grow by 60 percent between 2010 and 2040 to 9.1 million.
Dan Hunting, Senior Policy Analyst at Morrison Institute for Public Policy was a guest on 3TV’s program "Politics Unplugged" to discuss the governor’s plan to further fund Arizona’s education system.
Arizona spends $2,000 less per-pupil than the national average. The plan is to increase K-12 per-pupil spending $300 by taking some of the interest from the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund. This plan needs to be first passed by the legislature and then voters must agree to adopt it.
The Arizona Republic report that a visit by Donald Trump was not received by Gov. Doug Ducey, nor Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, was distributed by news media the world over.
David Berman, Senior Research Fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said Arizona's top GOP officials might be avoiding Trump because they hope to discourage his hard-line tactics, which put Arizona in a bad light, rile the Republican Party and turn off Latino voters.
The Arizona Republic reported that a new policy adopted by the city of Chandler is leading the way to more strategic water conservation in Arizona.
Grady Gammage Jr., an expert in land-use and water policy and Senior Research Fellow at Morrison Institute for Public Policy, observed "It's a bit of an experiment, but that's terrific. I give Chandler a lot of credit for doing this.”
A recent story in the New Yorker detailing the current water crisis effecting Lake Mead features Morrison Institute for Public Policy Senior Research Fellow Grady Gammage Jr. speaking about the Central Arizona Project (CAP), the largest and most expensive aqueduct system in the country.
CAP, a three-hundred-and-thirty-six-mile-long system of canals, tunnels, and pumping plants which extends to Tucson, wasn’t completed until 1993. It took Arizona a long time to work out water-related disagreements with California.