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  • Competition Spurs Public School Improvements

    Published February 1, 1998
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    A little competition goes a long way. That’s what parents across the country are discovering as a variety of school choice experiments begin to challenge the long-standing inertia of a monopolistic and hitherto unresponsive public school system.
  • States with Local Control of Schools Achieve Higher Scores

    Published February 1, 1998
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    From his first-term Goals 2000 initiative to last year’s promotion of national education standards, President Bill Clinton has worked to wrest authority over public schools from local communities and transfer it to state and federal governments,
  • Empowering Principals the Key to Improving Education

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Nina Shokraii, The Heritage Foundation's leading education policy analyst, is School Reform News' newest contributing editor.
  • Give Environment Decision-Making to State and Local Government, Study Says

    Published February 1, 1998
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    The author of a report recently released by the Center for the Study of American Business warns that a federal environmental aristocracy has seized the reins of power to solve local environmental issues, depriving state and local elected officials of
  • EPA: Simply Trying to Do Its Job: an exclusive interview with Michael Gough

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Michael Gough is director of science and risk studies at the Cato Institute, where he has worked since 1996. Trained in molecular biology with a Ph.D.
  • Latest Pesticide Scare Dismissed by Scientists

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Experts in nutrition and food safety have overwhelmingly rejected a report released January 29 by an activist environmental group alleging that over one million American infants and children are exposed each day to unsafe doses of pesticides in their
  • New Study Cites Benefits of Increased CO2

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Healthier forests and richer harvests are just two of the things people can look forward to if worldwide levels of the notorious “pollutant” carbon dioxide (CO2) continue to rise, notes a study recently released by the Dallas-based National Center for
  • EPA Faces New Legal Challenge Over Alleged SBREFA Violation

    Published February 1, 1998
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    For the second time in less than a year, a once-obscure provision tucked into a little-noticed law has provided disgruntled members of the regulated community a welcome opportunity to drag EPA into court.
  • Conflicting Temperature Data Mar Global Warming Debate

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Depending on which set of data one chooses to believe, 1997 was either the “warmest year on record” or “among the coolest years” in the last two decades.
  • Alternatives to the NEA and AFT

    Published February 1, 1998
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    With its 2.2 million members, the National Education Association is by far the most dominant teachers' union in the nation, dwarfing the American Federation of Teachers with its own 900,000 members.
  • Parents Turn to Private Schools in Kentucky

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Despite being the beneficiaries of far-reaching education reforms widely heralded as a model for other states, Kentucky’s public schools are losing rather than gaining “market share” of the state’s student population.
  • Prominent Economist Dies

    Published February 1, 1998
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    The man Wired magazine dubbed “the Doomslayer” died unexpectedly of a heart attack while skipping rope at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland on February 8. He was 65. Julian L.
  • Lawmakers Urged to Use Congressional Review Act

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Historically, Senators and Congressmen have had few legislative means at their disposal to overturn burdensome or counterproductive rules and regulations.
  • Tracking Planned for Dayton Program

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Dayton’s PACE program, Parents Advancing Choice in Education, plans to award up to 1,000 scholarships to low-income Montgomery County children in grades K-12 for the 1998-99 school year. According to PACE director Theodore J.
  • Background to the Claremont Lawsuit

    Published February 1, 1998
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    The New Hampshire school funding case was filed originally in 1991 by five school districts, five students, and eight taxpayers and parents, known collectively as the Claremont Lawsuit Coalition.
  • Does Classical Education Work?

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Students from the first modern classical education school, Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, regularly outperform their peers in statewide academic contests, such as the Idaho State Law Foundation’s Mock Trial competition.
  • Bipartisan Tax Credit Bill Vetoed in Illinois

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Lame-duck Illinois Governor Jim Edgar started the first day of his last full year in public office by wielding his veto pen to quash almost a year of effort by Illinois lawmakers to build bipartisan support for a $500 tuition tax credit bill.
  • Little Movement on Key Environment Issues Expected in 1998

    Published February 1, 1998
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    A short Congressional schedule, the political realities stemming from divided government, President Clinton’s uncertain political future, and a general lack of agreement on how to address a host of highly controversial environment issues--all make it
  • Appeals Court Deals Federal Wetlands Permitting Program Major Setback

    Published February 1, 1998
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    The Clinton administration’s wetlands policy suffered a significant setback last December when an appeals court ruled that the U.S.
  • State Toxic Use Reduction Programs Offer Lessons in Failure

    Published February 1, 1998
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    State legislators and federal regulators seeking to improve the quality of the environment by introducing strict “toxic use reduction” (TUR) programs may want to reconsider their efforts.
  • Ten Ways to Improve Public Schools …That Don’t Cost a Penny

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Year after year, the tune is the same: "We need more money to pay our teachers what they are worth" or "we need more money to build a new school or addition.
  • Classical Education Makes a Comeback

    Published February 1, 1998
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    In a quiet revolution that has received little public notice, schools embodying the principles of classical education--the education that gave us Western Civilization--are being organized across the country, teaching students at all grade levels and
  • Good Housekeeping Goes After Bad Teachers

    Published February 1, 1998
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    One who can’t spell. Another who falls asleep in a class of 5-year-olds. Thanks to tenure job protection, it’s virtually impossible to fire either teacher. What’s a parent to do?
  • Milwaukee Response Shows Friedman Was Right

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Limited as the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is--enrolling only 1,650 of the city’s 70,000 school children--it has had a profound effect on the Milwaukee Public School System, according to New York Times columnist Brent Staples: In Milwaukee,

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