Skip Navigation

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture.

Pullmann is also a former managing editor of School Reform NewsIn that capacity, Pullmann interviewed and produced podcasts with many of the leading figures in school reform. Before that, she was the assistant editor for American Magazine at the American Enterprise Institute.

She is also the 2013-14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education standards.

Pullmann has been published by the New York Times, Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard, Washington Times, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune,, National Review Online, Real Clear Policy, and various other U.S. newspapers and outlets. Pullmann has written a series of Research & Commentary reports on the Parent Trigger, a new school reform idea sweeping the country, and is coauthor with Joseph L. Bast of “The Parent Trigger: Justification and Design Guidelines” (Heartland Institute, 2012). 

Pullmann has taught middle and high school students history, literature, and debate, and wrote high school public speaking curriculum. She has traveled nationwide to speak at prominent venues including CPAC, the National Right to Life Convention, and statewide education conferences. She has been a guest on numerous talk shows, including Fox & Friends, the John Stossel show, and the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal.

Pullmann graduated from the Hillsdale College honors program with an English major and journalism concentration, where she received statewide competitive collegiate honors for her reporting and commentary and ranked in the top 25 nationally in parliamentary debate.

Testimony in state legislatures on Common Core (2013-2014)

Photo by Annah Brown. Used with permission. 

Recent Articles and Publications

view all by this author
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
October 18, 2016
By Teresa Mull, Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Joy Pullmann, Larry Sand, Robert G. Holland
‘Black parents across the country are protesting the NAACP’s decision, and for good reason.’ - Teresa Mull
October 17, 2016
By Joy Pullmann
School Choice Weekly #154
October 5, 2016
By Joy Pullmann
School Choice Weekly #153
September 20, 2016
By Tim Benson, Joy Pullmann
Discriminatory Blaine Amendments Must Go
August 31, 2016
By Joy Pullmann
This 44-page booklet discusses the development of Common Core and its flaws. This expanded edition includes two appendices: acronyms often used in Common Core discussions and a handy timeline.
May 4, 2016
By Tim Benson, Joy Pullmann
The education system in Michigan, especially in Detroit, is in dire need of reform.
March 25, 2016
By Joseph Bast, Joy Pullmann
The coerced adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by 46 states across the United States, often without public input, has generated tremendous controversy, concern, and efforts to repeal the standards.

2018 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
3.2 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2018
184 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
158 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching over 34,000 guests in 2018.
100,000 fans
on Facebook posting and reposting over 1 million times a week