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  • New Study Cites Benefits of Increased CO2

    Published February 1, 1998
    Opinion -
    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
    Opinion -
    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
    Opinion -
    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
    Opinion -
    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
    Opinion -
    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
    Opinion -
    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,
  • Many Poor Families Choose Private Schools

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Although critics of vouchers label them as a giveaway to the rich, a new study of census data shows that only 11 percent of the children attending elementary parochial schools come from families earning over $50,000 a year.
  • Plastics Lead Way in Health, Safety, Energy Efficiency

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Few movie-goers will forget the scene in The Graduate in which Dustin Hoffman’s character is pulled aside at his graduation party by an older gentleman with a bit of advice for the future: “Plastic.
  • Virtual High School Now on the Internet

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Shrugging off the limitations of distance, time, and physical presence, technology and education have come together to create the first Virtual High School on the Internet, available on demand, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • What Parents Can Do

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Good Housekeeping recommends that parents take the following steps when they have concerns about their child’s teacher. 1. Go see for yourself: Get to know your child’s teacher as well as you can. 2.
  • No. 85 Sports Stadium Madness

    Published February 1, 1998
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    Policy Studies -
    Taxpayer subsidies to professional sports teams amount to some $500 million a year.
  • White House, Congress Play for Time on Kyoto

    Published January 1, 1998
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    The recently negotiated Kyoto Protocol is “dead on arrival,” according to Congressional opponents of the treaty who are, in the words of Senator Chuck Hagel (R- Nebraska), ready to “kill it on the Senate floor.

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