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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
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"Arizona began a groundbreaking tax credit program that steered public revenue to private hands to distribute private-school scholarships." This program was to help the poor obtain the same educational opportunities and lower the cost of education. But this isn't the case, which this series reveals in multiple articles, because the poor still attend public schools.
Takings Initiatives Accountability Project: The Center for Public Integrity investigates ballot initiatives that would radically change land-use and environmental regulation in five Western states
The [non-partisan]Center for Public Integrity investigated 2006 "ballot initiatives that were designed to radically change land-use and environmental regulation in five Western states. They discovered that a trio of "secret donors" accounted for 99% of the propostions' bankrolls, and some of the initiatives did not comply with campaign-finance and other regulations. Then the Center revealed that 85 percent of the funding was coming from a single wealthy real estate investor and Libertarian activist, Howard RIch All but the Arizona inititative failed at the ballot. The Center for Public Integrity set up a stand-alone website-- www.takings initiatives.org-- and filed more than 50 articles on it. "Our general practice-- and a novel one as far as we can tell-- was to mount verbatim transcripts of the interviews on our website, including audio recordings where available. We sought to allow proponents, opponents funders and experts to have a chance to present their side of the story in their own words." The Center also checked with state and federal regulators for compliance of relevant laws and regulations.
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Pennsylvania passed a law that is not for vouchers. But it's as close as it can be. The legislature approved the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, "a more complicated means to the same end." "It encourages private businesses to donate their money to nonprofit groups often acting on behalf of private schools, which use the money to pay tuition for students to attend those schools." What do the businesses get out of the deal? Tax credits worth up to 90 cents on the dollar.
Hope Scholarships Transform the University of Georgia: Applicants have better credentials, but grade grubbing and grade inflation are growing
The article examined how Georgia's college scholarship program, the largest in the nation, has changed the state's flagship campus in ways that state officials would prefer to ignore. The five-year-old scholarships , which pay tuition for students who earn a minimum of a B average, have served as a model for programs in other states, as well as for President Clinton's new tax credits for higher education. The author documented how the emphasis on the B average at the university has spurred grade inflation and influenced student academic choices. Virtually all freshman receive a HOPE scholarship, so the grade pressure on students and professors is intense. Faced with data showing that HOPE recipients received much better grades than pre-HOPE students (even thought the high school credentials of the HOPE recipients were mixed), some professors admitted to inflating grades and acknowledged that the scholarship has done little to improve student quality.