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Bruno Behrend

Bruno Behrend, J.D., is a senior fellow for education policy at The Heartland Institute.

Behrend is a coauthor, with Joseph Bast and Policy Advisor Ben Boychuk, of “The Parent Trigger: A Model for Transforming Education,” a Heartland Policy Brief released in August 2010.

In 2009, Behrend served as the policy director/strategist to a gubernatorial candidate in the Illinois primary election. In 2008, he co-authored Illinois Deserves Better - The Ironclad Case for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, which coincided with a campaign to pass a referendum calling for a constitutional convention in the state. He also served as an advisor to various groups seeking to rewrite the legislative article of the Illinois Constitution.

From 2006 through 2008, Behrend hosted a radio show in the Northern Chicago metropolitan area. The show showcased various authors and policy specialists, ranging from publisher Steve Forbes, Phoenix University Founder John Sperling, columnist Mark Steyn, author Shelby Steele, and Heartland Senior Fellow Jay Lehr.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he earned his degree in finance. He earned his J.D. from IIT-Kent College of Law in 1990 and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

Recent Articles and Publications

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May 18, 2017
By Tim Benson, Bruno Behrend, Lennie Jarratt
"Private school choice in Minnesota is literally nonexistent, so enacting this tax-credit scholarship program would be a great first step for the North Star State" - Tim Benson
March 1, 2017
By Jim Lakely, Robert Genetski, Bette Grande, S. T. Karnick, David L. Applegate, H. Sterling Burnett, Jesse Hathaway, Michael Hamilton, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Bruno Behrend, Lennie Jarratt, Isaac Orr, Tom Harris, John McAdams (1945 - 2021), Terry Stoops, Joe Cobb, Christopher Garbacz, James H. Rust, John Dale Dunn, Clifford Thies, Sandra Stotsky, Kenneth Haapala
"President Trump’s speech should help him gain public support for his programs. Inviting Democrats to put petty politics aside and work with him for the good of the country was a reasonable request." - Robert Genetski
February 7, 2017
By Bruno Behrend, Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, S. T. Karnick, Robert G. Holland, Larry Sand, Richard Vedder, Heather Kays, Sandra Stotsky, Dr. Duke Pesta
‘The status quo in American education must be broken, and Betsy DeVos is the first nominee for the Department of Education who might actually break it.’ – Bruno Behrend
November 23, 2016
By Lennie Jarratt, Bruno Behrend, Heather Kays, Joy Pullmann
“This is a promising development as DeVos is an effective and experienced leader in the education choice movement.” - Lennie Jarratt
June 13, 2011
By Bruno Behrend
This document offers a point-by-point rebuttal of a June 6th memo to elected officials from Peggy Borchert titled “I Oppose HB33.” HB 33 would create the Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program (TSGP).
April 14, 2011
By Bruno Behrend
Government budget shortfalls and the proven success of digital learning are causing many states and school districts to consider using new technology to make K-12 education more efficient.
August 10, 2010
By Joseph Bast, Ben Boychuk, Bruno Behrend
The Parent Trigger is an innovation in education reform recently passed into law in California.
May 24, 2010
By Bruno Behrend
Let the unions bail out public education. States, municipalities and school districts are reeling from the burden of unsustainable payroll expansion and pensions.

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