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August 3, 2020
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May 5, 2020
In Shift, Key Climate Denialist Group Heartland Institute Pivots to Policy
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November 2, 2018
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December 13, 2017
DeVos is Questioned About Campaign to Influence Climate Change Education
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June 8, 2017
A New Wave of Bills Takes Aim at Science in the Classroom
Since January, 11 measures that would influence how millions of students learn about science have been introduced in nine Republican-dominated states.
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For a generation of students, the college years coincided with rising prices and stagnating middle class wages.
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