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  • Phonics vs. Whole Language

    Published April 1, 1998
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    The phonics-based approach to reading instruction starts with a child learning the sounds of letters and then using this explicitly learned decoding skill as a basis to progress to reading words on a page and understanding their meaning.
  • Chicago Limits Bilingual Education to Three Years

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Concerned that the longer students remain in bilingual education the more they fall behind academically, the Chicago Board of Education on February 25 unanimously approved a new policy to limit bilingual classes to three years, with extra tutoring
  • Public Schools Outsource Education of “Difficult” Students

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Although opponents of educational choice insist that public schools are required to take every student and that tax dollars must never flow to private or religious institutions, the actions of public schools in at least seven states seriously undermine
  • ‘Research’ Is Inconclusive on High Schoolers

    Published April 1, 1998
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    After three years of research and at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a major U.S. Department of Education study of how to teach Limited-English Proficient high school students fails to pass judgment on which programs work and which don’t.
  • Scientists Dump Cold Water on Environmental, Health Scares

    Published April 1, 1998
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    It’s been a difficult couple of months for purveyors of junk science and others actively spreading scientific misinformation on environmental issues.
  • Red Cavaney to Reinvent Petroleum Group

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Speaking at the Ninth Annual Petro-Safe Conference in Houston on January 28, newly installed American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Red Cavaney gave an impassioned plea for the oil and gas industry to “apply some of our world-renowned ingenuity
  • White House Predicts Kyoto’s Price Will Be Modest

    Published April 1, 1998
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    After much delay and considerable prodding by Congress, the Clinton administration released on March 4 its long-anticipated analysis of the projected economic costs of the Kyoto global warming treaty.
  • FCC Oversteps Authority on Schools Hookup

    Published April 1, 1998
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    A General Accounting Office study concluded in February that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the legal authority to establish a quasi-private, nonprofit corporation to partially reimburse local telephone companies for the cost of
  • Kansas Considers Ban on Public School Tuition

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Kansas State Representative Kay O'Connor wants to abolish a tuition fee that she says discriminates against poor families who might want to change district schools but can't afford to.
  • NY Choice Lifts Achievement in All Schools

    Published April 1, 1998
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    As if in response to a recent tirade against competition in education from a prominent teachers’ union official, New York researchers in February published evidence showing that a long-running public school choice experiment in East Harlem has not
  • Illiterate U.S. Workers Drive Jobs Overseas

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Even after hiring some 12,100 workers to crank up output of aircraft on its assembly lines last year, the Boeing Company still found itself experiencing production delays that will cost an estimated $2.6 billion. The problem?
  • Principles of Reading Instruction

    Published April 1, 1998
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    According to the University of Oregon's Bonnie Grossen, seven teaching principles summarize the findings from $200 million of research conducted over 30 years by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 1.
  • Administration Attempts End-Run on Kyoto Protocol

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Two months after the Kyoto Protocol was declared “dead on arrival” by a chorus of Congressional critics, opponents of the controversial global warming treaty now fear the administration is implementing the accord by regulatory fiat.
  • Greenhouse Fears vs. Science

    Published April 1, 1998
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    The Clinton administration contends that the science of global warming is “settled,” and dangerous climate change from carbon dioxide produced by burning coal and oil is no longer a theory but a “fact.
  • Improving Science Education

    Published April 1, 1998
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    As part of an ongoing effort to increase science literacy, the Bayer Corporation has gathered views on science education from principals, business leaders, teachers, parents and students in the report What America Thinks About Science Education Reform.
  • Little Diversity in Teacher Corps

    Published April 1, 1998
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    While the nation’s corporate suites and student bodies have become more diverse and integrated over the past forty years, the U.S. teaching profession has moved in the opposite direction. In 1996, 90.7 percent of U.S. teachers were white, up from 88.
  • New ESA Plan Would Lock up Over a Million Acres of Private Property in Texas

    Published April 1, 1998
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    A proposed “habitat conservation plan” (HCP) for Central Texas will lock up over one million acres of private property, warns Ike Sugg, a fellow in wildlife and land-use policy at the Washington-based Competitive Enterprise Institute.
  • Outcome-Based Education: Remaking Society One Child at a Time

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Marguerite Anna McKenna "Peg" Luksik is well known to her neighbors in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where she's actively involved in community service work, including Mom's House, a comprehensive service network she founded for single parents and their
  • Plan to Strengthen Congressional Review Advances

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Before Congress gets around to reforming the nation’s regulatory structure--which pessimists say could take an eternity--it may at least tidy up its own house.
  • States as Full Partners: an exclusive interview with Robert E. Roberts

    Published April 1, 1998
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    Robert E. Roberts is the first full-time executive director of the Environmental Council of States, a position he has held since March 1995. ECOS is the national, nonpartisan, nonprofit association of state and territorial environmental commissioners.
  • States: EPA Stifles Innovation and Opposes Flexibility

    Published April 1, 1998
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    State regulators testifying on November 4 before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, at a hearing titled “Federal-State Relationship: A Look into EPA Regulatory Reinvention Efforts,” were highly critical of EPA’s approach to
  • Kansas Voucher Plan Would Save Tax Dollars

    Published March 1, 1998
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    School choice proponents in Kansas won a major victory when State Budget Director Gloria Timmer conceded that State Representative Kay O’Connor’s statewide voucher proposal would save millions of tax dollars in the first year and would require no
  • Texas Business Group Embraces Vouchers

    Published March 1, 1998
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    The Texas state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business has embraced Putting Children First, a nonpartisan grassroots organization promoting school choice.
  • Employers Say Students Lack Skills to Succeed

    Published March 1, 1998
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    When high school teachers send their graduates off to jobs in the real world, some 66 percent are confident that most or all of their students have the skills necessary to succeed at work.

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