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Arizona K-12 Funding Reform Model

In Politics by Michael Rae

Reason Foundation’s Arizona K-12 Funding Reform Model is now available for education advocates to explore potential school finance policy solutions in real-time.

You can explore the interactive model here: Arizona K-12 Funding Reform Model

Arizona’s K-12 funding system is broken, with research showing the state’s highest property-wealth school districts generate $5,599 per pupil more on average than their lower-wealth counterparts. For instance, Queen Creek Unified School District gets 184% more per student than Isaac Elementary School District due to factors that have nothing to do with student needs. Matthew Ladner, director of the Arizona Center for Student Opportunity, also notes that nearly

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Modeling Arizona education funding reform scenarios

In Politics by Michael Rae

Reason Foundation’s new Arizona K-12 Funding Reform Model allows users to model how changes to components of the state’s school finance system would impact education funding. Most features of the state’s school finance formula—like the base dollar amount per student, the weight for English learners, and weights for special education students—can be altered using the model. The tool will summarize the funding impact of these changes for each school district and charter school in the state and users can turn off or turn on the various local sources of revenue for school districts. Note that this model does not include

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Privatization and Government Reform News: Savas Award and Annual Privatization Report 2022

In Politics by Michael Rae

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Former Green Beret Receives Savas Award for Afghanistan Rescue Efforts

Scott Mann, who spent over 20 years in the Army in Special Operations, founded a private network of former military personnel that rescued over one thousand Afghan nationals who worked with the United States. Dubbed Task Force Pineapple, the operation grew from Mann coordinating efforts on his cell phone in the wake of the Taliban’s return to power to a full-fledged public-private partnership, with government agencies calling on Task Force Pineapple to save Afghan nationals at risk of retaliation. For his valiant efforts to save American allies left behind after

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Why Canada can meet its oil and gas emissions targets

In Energy by Michael Rae

Despite reports to the contrary, the Canadian oil and gas sector does have the potential to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions it produces to the levels set out in Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan. This is not only imperative to meeting our climate targets and international obligations, but critical in order

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Electric School Buses (publication)

In Energy by Michael Rae

Climate solution: Electric school buses mitigate climate change, reduce harmful health effects on children and drivers, reduce maintenance and fuel costs, and offer a quieter driving experience. British Columbia should set a target of 100% zero emission buses by 2030 and develop a strategic roadmap for accelerating their adoption.

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CCLA Reacts to Decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization

In Rights by poladmin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 24, 2022

CCLA REACTS TO DECISION IN DOBBS V JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the following statement:
Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is an appalling step back in the ongoing struggle for equality and the consequences for the health and dignity of women, girls and trans individuals who need abortions will be dire.
We are deeply troubled not only by this decision but by the laws that may be enacted by some states in its wake – laws that will not

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What Francis Fukuyama Gets Wrong

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The first chapter of Francis Fukuyama’s new book, Liberalism and its Discontents, is titled, “What is Classical Liberalism?” While he never explicitly answers the question, he does list some liberal principles: respect for the individual and individual autonomy, protection of property rights and of the right to transact with others, and inclusion of individuals in the political process via the right to vote.
Fukuyama, the director of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy at Stanford University, also lists and expands on classical liberalism’s “three essential justifications”:

“Liberalism is a way of regulating violence and allowing diverse populations to live peacefully with one

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Why Studying Economics Instills Gratitude

In Analysis by Michael Rae

At least since Thomas Carlyle’s infamous put-down of economics as the “dismal science” (for economists having the temerity to oppose slavery), it has been popular to disparage economics as a discipline that fosters depression on the one hand and narrow self-interest on the other. Perhaps the two are linked, says the critic. 
My own experience with economics has been quite contrary to these allegations. Studying economics instilled in me a profound sense of gratitude. When you’re grateful for something, you are appreciative of benefits you have received, says the Oxford English Dictionary. 
That is how I feel. 
More than that, University of California,

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Big SCOTUS Win for Second Amendment

In Analysis by Michael Rae

In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570 (2008) and its progeny, the Supreme Court established the Second Amendment embodies an individual right–not tied with military service. Law-abiding citizens may possess handguns for the defense of their homes. What about the ability to carry guns outside the home for self-defense? In New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen, decided this week, the Court recognized an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.
The case centered on a New York law requiring citizens to demonstrate a special need for self-defense to carry a weapon

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Jurassic World: Dominion is transhumanism as entertainment

In Opinion by Michael Rae

There’s a new Jurassic World movie out in theaters, to round up the post-Spielberg trilogy that began in 2015 and continued in 2018, a long time for a trilogy these days—the Star Wars sequel trilogy came out in four years, as do many of these blockbusters (for example, three Kong & Godzilla movies 2017–2021). Continue Reading…

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