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    Arizona Directions Volume: 1 Issue: 1
    Andrea Whitsett
    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Building upon the work of many others who have contributed to quality of life research in Arizona, this report provides a framework for addressing key issues proactively. The data in Arizona Directions are presented in a highly graphic format with must-read information on our competitiveness, individual action steps, opportunities for public-private partnerships, and public policy options – all rooted in a deep understanding that revenue-neutral options are especially important in our current fiscal situation.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 5
    Rhonda Phillips
    Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    A state can use the arts to boost economies in a variety of ways, from incorporating arts into economic development and community development plans to supporting arts education and promoting arts assets. It takes all sectors to ensure success for our creative industries, fostering arts businesses and the benefits they bring for economic development. Read this issue of Policy Points to learn more about the role of arts in Arizona's economy and the impact of recent funding cuts.

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    Policy Points Volume: 3 Issue: 4
    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
    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
    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.