H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
This week’s edition of Climate Change Weekly features summaries and links to commentary on the effects of climate policy on the poor, the dubious decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make climate change its top priority, research showing climate change is not causing unnatural extinction rate, and the formation of a new climate science society.
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‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools
Michelle Malkin, Townhall.com
There’s a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. Public school teachers in the Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. Last week the Jefferson County school board approved the new compensation system, which rewards the most effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4 percent raises, and inferior teachers with nothing. It seems the underlying issue is union control...READ MORE
Commentary and Analysis on the Whitehead & Associates 2014 NSW Sea-Level Report
Robert M. Carter, Craig Idso, et al., Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change
In July 2014, Whitehead & Associates Environmental Consultants, in consultation with Coastal Environment and with funding from the New South Wales (Australia) government, produced a report titled “South Coast Regional Sea Level Rise Policy and Planning Framework, Exhibition Draft.” Commentary and analysis show the report does not provide reliable guidance for the complicated issues of measuring, forecasting, and responding to sea-level rise… READ MORE
Philly Sin Tax Scheme Unlikely to Save Schools, Studies Say
Alexander Anton, The Heartland Institute
Philadelphia residents face new sin taxes, suggested as a remedy for the city’s failing public school system. The tax hike also appears to have political motivations. This month, Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania) reaffirmed the legislature’s efforts to levy new sin taxes. Unfortunately for Corbett and the Philadelphia school district, research suggests the excise taxes are unlikely to cure the school district’s financial woes… READ MORE
Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
Prices in health care are a mess, and the discussion about why that is the case is often even more so. The problem with pricing (well, one of many problems) isn’t that different payers have different prices; it’s that those different prices aren’t set in a free market but instead result from the health care system responding to the bizarre incentives created by a highly bureaucratic third-party payment system
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Scott Cleland, for The Heartlander
The FCC invited proposals for subjecting broadband services to Title II common carrier utility regulation. In a nutshell, the Title II policy debate is about who makes Internet infrastructure decisions – the businesses that have long done so, or government regulators? The debate is also about who pays for it… READ MORE
Joy Pullman,The Heartland Institute
Behavioral psychologists and economists long have considered incentives to be a normal part of human nature, but applying them to education still stokes controversy. Low expectations don’t occur in a vacuum. They result from a set of expectations in our society, and they reinforce and verify those expectations as a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. A smart use of incentives offers one way to address this problem. In their new book “Rewards: How to Use Rewards to Help Children Learn—and Why Teachers Don’t Use Them Well,” authors Herbert Walberg and Joseph Bast of The Heartland Institute illustrate how positive reinforcement can help lift expectations and thus raise student performance
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Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week.
This week’s edition of Consumer Power Report addresses Oklahoma’s district court win in a lawsuit against ACA subsidies, medical coverage expansion, health network costs, medical pricing and OTC birth control… READ MORE
New Commuting Data Show Gain by Individual Modes Wendell Cox, The Heartland Institute The newly released American Community Survey data for 2013 indicate little change in commuting patterns since 2010. The new data show the continuing trend toward individual mode commuting, as opposed to shared modes. Between 2010 and 2013, personal modes (driving alone, bicycles, walking, and working at home) increased from 82.3% to 82.7% of all commuting. Shared modes (carpools and transit) declined from 17.7% of commuting to 17.3%. None of this should be surprising, since one of the best ways to improve productivity, both personal and in the economy, is to minimize travel time for necessary activities throughout the metropolitan area (labor market)… READ MORE
Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens.
This week’s edition features news of union agitation in Jefferson County, Colorado plus the school choice roundup, Common Core watch, and education today… READ MORE
New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)... READ MORE
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