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Lennie Jarratt

Lennie Jarratt is the project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute.

Jarratt is the former managing editor (2013-2014) of Champion News, an Illinois based news website focused on reporting on education and Illinois politics. Jarratt was the managing editor (2004-2011) of Education Matters which researched education in local school districts across Illinois.

Jarratt has presented analysis on Common Core and education choice on Fox News, Breitbart, ABC Chicago and multiple radio outlets and newspapers across the United States. He has been a presenter on panels discussing education choice, common core, homeschooling, and Illinois Freedom of Information Laws with groups such as American Majority, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Illinois Tea Party groups, homeschool conventions, and state legislative hearings.

Jarratt received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University, where he studied mathematics and computer science.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 18, 2018
By Lennie Jarratt
Review of Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, by Emmett McGroarty, Jane Robbins, and Erin Tuttle, (Sophia Institute Press, December 19, 2017), 321 pp.; $18.99 on ISBN: 9781622826049, ISBN-13: 9781545621677
November 8, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt
Testimony Before the Ohio Senate Education Committee
October 11, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Teresa Mull, Tim Benson
"Alternative certification pathways should be adopted for all public schools, not just SUNY charters" - Lennie Jarratt
October 3, 2017
By Teresa Mull, Lennie Jarratt
"The shamelessness of Felarca, the Berkeley Teachers Federation, and BAMN is as terrifying as it is astounding. These people will stop at nothing—as the ‘BAMN’ name plainly states—to get their way." - Teresa Mull
September 20, 2017
By Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
Strike Vouchers Make Sure As Many Children As Possible Are Freed From Outside Forces Controlling Their Education
August 29, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Arianna Wilkerson, Justin Haskins
"Illinois lawmakers will continue to fight over education funding until they learn to focus on students and not the school districts and teachers’ pension funds." - Lennie Jarratt
March 27, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt
This full-color 17x22 poster offers quick facts about education choice. It is perfect for displaying in a classroom, on a school bulletin board, or on the door of a legislative office. It would make a GREAT poster for education choice rallies!
May 5, 2016
By Tim Benson, Lennie Jarratt
The Heartland Policy Brief examines why teachers are threatening to strike, the history of teacher strikes in Illinois, and the performance and financial challenges faced by students, their parents, and the taxpayers of Illinois.

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