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Heather Kays


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Heather Kays is a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute and former managing editor of School Reform News, a national monthly publication.

Heather Kays is a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute and former managing editor of School Reform News, a national monthly publication.

Kays came to Heartland with more than 12 years experience as a reporter and editor covering mostly education and politics. She has written for the Herald NewsThe Record (the second largest newspaper in New Jersey) and the Staunton, Virginia Gannett newspaper the News Leader. Kays has also worked for the nonprofit education policy and school choice news group, Choice Media. Her work has been published by USA Today, the Associated Press and various other newspapers and websites. 

Kays has won numerous awards including: second place for First Amendment writing (while working with four other reporters) from the New Jersey Press Association; third place for the Robert P. Kelly Award for first-year reporting from the New Jersey Press Association; second place by the Society of Professional Journalists for first-year reporting and Virginia School Board Association’s Media Honor Roll for the year. In 2008, she won a scholarship to attend the Neiman Narrative Conference at Harvard University.

Recent Articles and Publications

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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
November 9, 2016
By Peter Ferrara, Michael Hamilton, Jesse Hathaway, Dr. Donald J. Devine, Lennie Jarratt, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Robert Zubrin, Isaac Orr, Robert G. Holland, Heather Kays, Paul Driessen, Dan Miller, Larry Kaufmann, Donn Dears, Charles Battig, Brendon Swedlow, Jane M. Orient, M.D., Neal Schuerer, Bradley A. Smith, Twila Brase, Joe Cobb, Matt A. Mayer, Thomas A. Firey, Bernard (Bud) Weinstein, James H. Rust, Linda Gorman, Devon Herrick, Jason Bedrick, Nick Dranias, Lawrence H. White, Howard Segermark, James E. Enstrom, Mischa Popoff, Clifford Thies, Peter R. Cook, Charles N. Steele, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Brian R. Forrest, M.D., Cedric Keith, Michael Schaus, Benita M. Dodd, Roger Stark, M.D., Kathy Hoekstra, Sandra Stotsky
In the November 8 election, Donald Trump won the presidency and Republicans retained control of the House and Senate. In state races, Republicans expanded their majorities in state legislatures and gubernatorial mansions.
January 12, 2016
By John Nothdurft, Joy Pullmann, Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson

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