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Oct 1, 2014

Industrial Wind Farm Kills Bats While Feds Ignore Problem

A Nevada wind farm has killed triple the number of bats allowed under an agreement with federal wildlife officials, yet the federal government has imposed no significant penalties.

Sep 30, 2014

A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core Math, Part III: Drawing Diagrams for Dividing Fractions

A Wall Street Journal opinion article drew considerable attention to Common Core (CC) math standards—particularly the sixth-grade standard for fractional division—< a href="http://online.ws

Sep 29, 2014

Staying Out of the Red: A State Auditor’s Take on Pension Reporting Standards

A hot topic of discussion amongst taxpayers and public employers alike is how to properly manage our public employee pension systems and make sure that pension obligations are met.

Sep 29, 2014

Andrew Coulson: The Future of School Vouchers

Andrew Coulson, director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom, discusses lawsuits aimed at getting rid of school voucher programs, with Heartland's Heather Kays.

Sep 29, 2014

New Program Makes Online Education Work for Special-Needs Children

Compared to children who don’t have disabilities, those who do have them often work slower, need more attention, or need especially explicit, detailed instructions.

Sep 29, 2014

Wastewater Tremors Weaker than Natural Earthquakes, USGS Reports

Small earthquakes linked to underground wastewater injection are substantially weaker in their effects than natural earthquakes of the same magnitude, according to a new study conducted by the U.S.