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Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk ( is a policy advisor for school reform at The Heartland Institute and a former managing editor of School Reform News.

Ben Boychuk ( is a policy advisor for school reform at The Heartland Institute and a former managing editor of School Reform News. Ben joined the Heartland Institute in 2010 after several years writing on education and other national issues as an editorial writer for Investor's Business Daily and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif. More recently, Ben was co-moderator of and was managing editor of the Claremont Review of Books from 2000 until 2004. He is now editor of the California edition of City Journal.

In addition to his work for Heartland, Ben writes a weekly syndicated column for Scripps-Howard News Service and contributes regularly to The Sacramento Bee. His writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News, The Washington Times and the Arizona Republic, National Review Online, and elsewhere.

Ben graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in the Inland Empire of Southern California with his wife Millie, their two children, a cat, a tree frog, and an albino corn snake.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 31, 2016
By Ben Boychuk
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is proposing to give Buckeye State parents the chance to petition their local districts to reform failing public schools.
May 31, 2016
By Ben Boychuk
Federal education mandates always carry unintended consequences, and well-intended, top-down rules often lead to absurd outcomes.
April 22, 2015
By Ben Boychuk
A Staten Island judge ruled a lawsuit challenging New York State’s teacher-tenure and dismissal statutes may proceed.
April 7, 2015
By Joseph Bast, Jeff Judson, Ben Boychuk, Heather Kays, Joy Pullmann
The Texas state Senate Education Committee on Tuesday voted 8–3 to pass Senate Bill 4, which would establish a Taxpayer Credit Scholarship Program. The bill by Sen.
October 18, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
INTRODUCTIONConceived in 2009 by liberal activists in Los Angeles as a way to work around school boards hostile to reform, California’s landmark parent empowerment law, also known as the Parent Trigger, was passed quickly by the state legislature in
April 4, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
The United States Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped the direct question of whether Arizona’s 14-year-old tax credit scholarship program violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, ruling instead that opponents had no standing to
March 4, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Compton, California seems an unlikely place for black and Latino parents to unite for fundamental education reform.
February 24, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
McKinley Elementary School parents say they are undeterred by Compton Unified School District’s decision Tuesday to deny a petition to convert their chronically underperforming school to a charter school.

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