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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 4
    Author(s):
    Jeanne M. Powers
    Amelia Topper
    Bonnie Mazza
    Michael Silver
    Tiffany Williams
    Joy Anderson
    Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    For over 15 years, interdistrict open enrollment and charter schools have allowed Arizona families to send their children to the public schools of their choice, regardless of where they reside. To better understand how parents “shop” within Arizona’s public education marketplace, this issue of Policy Points examines the mobility of elementary school students among districts and charter schools in the Metropolitan Phoenix area.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 3
    Author(s):
    Sally Wittlinger
    Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    In a desert city such as Phoenix, summertime heat is a way of life, but how much does the built environment contribute to the intensity of the heat on a summer night? In urbanized Phoenix, nights don’t cool down as much as in the surrounding rural areas and on more and more summer nights, the official Phoenix temperature fails to drop below 90 degrees. Climate plays a huge role in the comfort and quality of life of residents, with numerous implications for tourism, energy demand, water use, and the vulnerability of low-income families.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 2
    Author(s):
    David Garcia
    Lee McIlroy
    Published: Monday, May 23, 2011

    The Arizona Community Foundation College Readiness Report provides a real-world indicator of how well Maricopa County high schools are preparing their graduates for postsecondary success. For the class of 2009, 76% of Maricopa County high school graduates were college-ready in English and approximately 46% were college ready in Mathematics.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 1
    Author(s):
    Tom Rex
    Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Despite all of the spending reductions, fund transfers, and other techniques used to balance the budget in the preceding few years, Arizona’s general fund faces a massive deficit. This issue of Policy Points poses an important question: Are you content with the historically low expenditures being made from the general fund and satisfied that the current low level of public services will be permanent?

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    Policy Points Volume: 2 Issue: 6
    Author(s):
    Richard C. Knopf
    Brian Simpson
    Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    The U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent report shows Arizona has the second highest poverty rate in the nation. This shameful distinction calls attention to a long-standing social problem that has been exacerbated by challenging economic times. In this edition of Policy Points, authors Richard C. Knopf and Brian Simpson examine the increasing demand for emergency food assistance, hunger's impact on children, and the growing number of Arizonans experiencing need for the first time.