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Heist movies like "Ocean's 11" and "The Italian Job," where thieves steal off into the night with the loot, make for great theater. But in real life, fraud can amount to a waste of taxpayer dollars. Arizona's education savings accounts, which establish bank accounts for parents to use for their child's education, are not immune to fraud. Read more»

Arizona enacted a new law earlier this month that got little attention but could make a big impact on school performance. It allows school districts that receive an "A" for three years on their district report card to request exemption from specific state regulations. Read more»

A bill to regulate online schools might create an unintended consequence: grade inflation. Read more»

No school wants an "F," but it's more important that parents know the truth about their school and can find better educational opportunities immediately. Read more»

Imagine if your child's assigned elementary school had puddles of urine in the bathroom, mouse droppings in the cafeteria, and clogged water fountains. Now imagine if your complaints were rejected by the principal. Read more»

Lawmakers across the country should give serious thought to the price they want to pay to implement curriculum standards that aren't internationally competitive and don't prepare our children for college. Read more»

ASU President Michael Crow chastises universities for not being more innovative during the current financial crisis. But ASU hasn't exactly been a model of efficiency. Across the country, colleges are hiring massive numbers of administrators and ASU is no exception — in fact, the Sun Devils are an example of this "administrative bloat." Read more» 1

Two new tools will force Arizonans to take a hard look at how our schools are performing – and make it difficult for low-performers to hide behind "fuzzy" labels. Read more» 2

Part of being a savvy customer is recognizing and interpreting signals when shopping. Likewise, employers look for resume signals to prescreen job applicants, such as attendance at an esteemed college or work experience at a reputable firm. But research indicates that, in the teaching profession, completion of a standard certification program doesn’t always signal competency in the classroom Read more»