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ASU, UA shield lobbying expenses via foundations

ASU, UA shield lobbying expenses via foundations

The state’s two largest public universities have for years been represented at the state Capitol by powerful lobbying firms, though neither Arizona State University or the University of Arizona has records of hiring a contract lobbyist.

Instead, each school’s nonprofit foundation has contracted directly with outside lobbyists to advocate at the Legislature on behalf of the schools. Neither university foundation responded to detailed questions about the nature of the relationship between it and the lobbying firms, and neither would provide a copy of its contract with the lobbyists hired to represent a public body.

As a result, it is impossible for the public to know how much lobbying firms are being paid to represent the interests of public universities.

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School ethnicity methodology

(Percentages represented 0-1) The Arizona Department of Education provides enrollment data every year, which includes ethnicity breakdowns. The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of ethnicity in schools began with this data,...

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Arizona school data shows uneven distribution of ethnic groups

Arizona school data shows uneven distribution of ethnic groups

Two decades after Arizona helped pioneer the charter school movement, enrollment data show the schools don’t match the school age demographics of the state and, in many cases, their neighborhoods. White – and especially Asian – students attend charter schools at a higher rate than Hispanics, who now make up the the greatest portion of Arizona’s school age population.

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