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Education
September 12, 2017
Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators
This 2017 study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides information and trends on education.
Energy
April 2, 2017
Air Quality and Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining
This Heartland Policy Study examines the best available scientific data on the effects of industrial sand mining on air quality, concluding those operations do not pose a threat to human health or the environment.
Energy
December 5, 2016
Comprehensive Regulatory Control and Oversight of Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining
Industrial silica sand mining is governed by a comprehensive regulatory apparatus established to protect human and environmental health from the potential impacts of all industrial activities, including industrial sand mining.
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Education
December 1, 2016
Trends in College Pricing 2016
A report by The College Board examining college and university costs in 2016-17, including how prices have changed, and variance between types of institutions, states, and regions.
Energy
August 19, 2016
Bill McKibben's Terrifying Disregard for Fracking Facts
In an article published at The Nation, 350.org founder Bill McKibben portrays methane as a dangerous greenhouse gas. Here's why he's wrong.
Education
June 1, 2016
Senate Bill 127: Expanding the Existing Charter School Cap
Senate Bill 127, along with its companion, House Bill 936, is one of several bills put forward this session to expand the existing charter school cap in Texas. Th ough the tenants of SB 127 are simple, this is important legislation for Texas.

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Policy Studies
September 12, 2017
By OECD Publishing
This 2017 study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides information and trends on education.
April 2, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
This Heartland Policy Study examines the best available scientific data on the effects of industrial sand mining on air quality, concluding those operations do not pose a threat to human health or the environment.
December 5, 2016
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
Industrial silica sand mining is governed by a comprehensive regulatory apparatus established to protect human and environmental health from the potential impacts of all industrial activities, including industrial sand mining.
December 1, 2016
By The College Board
A report by The College Board examining college and university costs in 2016-17, including how prices have changed, and variance between types of institutions, states, and regions.
August 19, 2016
By Isaac Orr
In an article published at The Nation, 350.org founder Bill McKibben portrays methane as a dangerous greenhouse gas. Here's why he's wrong.
June 1, 2016
By James Golsan
Senate Bill 127, along with its companion, House Bill 936, is one of several bills put forward this session to expand the existing charter school cap in Texas. Th ough the tenants of SB 127 are simple, this is important legislation for Texas.
March 30, 2016
By Nick Dranias
As the federal debt approaches $18 trillion, a balanced budget amendment has emerged as one of few viable options to curb government spending. The Article V process for amending the U.S. Constitution, however, is long and tedious.
February 16, 2016
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
The “social” impact of sand-mining operations, including their impact on land use, scenic beauty, and property values, can be a sensitive topic. Emotion and opinion, rather than technical facts and scientific data, tend to dominate the discussion.
September 18, 2015
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
As many as 9,000 non-metallic mines operate in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin – approximately one mine for every 3,000 residents. Until recently, those mines have operated without opposition.
June 1, 2015
By Isaac Orr, Mark Krumenacher
Second in a series#137 (May 2015) Environmental Impacs of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) MiningHydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas production has dramatically increased the demand for industrial silica sand, known as “frac sand,” available