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Lennie Jarratt

Lennie Jarratt is the former director of the Center for Education Opportunities 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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March 9, 2020
By Lennie Jarratt
Support for school choice has increased significantly in the past two years.
March 5, 2020
By Matthew Glans, Lennie Jarratt
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans and Lennie Jarratt examine a proposed tax hike in Rhode Island that would raise taxes on residents earning more than $500,000 annually and use the funds for K-12 education.
February 4, 2020
By Lennie Jarratt
President Trump in his State of the Union address made perhaps the strongest statements in support of school choice ever in that annual speech.
January 24, 2020
By Matthew Glans, Lennie Jarratt
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a revived tax hike proposal in Arizona designed to increase funding for Arizona’s public education system.
January 21, 2020
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson, Vicki Alger
“Child Safety Accounts are one of the best solutions to student safety concerns and need to be implemented throughout America, not just in Colorado.” - Lennie Jarratt
December 12, 2019
By Matthew Glans, Lennie Jarratt
In this Policy Tip Sheet, Matthew Glans discusses the proposed progressive tax in Illinois, why these taxes are less effective than the current flat tax, and how a progressive tax will have a strong negative effect on Illinois' economy.
October 17, 2019
By Lennie Jarratt, Tim Benson
“The Heartland Institute’s strike vouchers and education choice reforms need to be implemented immediately.” - Lennie Jarratt
October 2, 2019
By Matthew Glans, Lennie Jarratt
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a ballot initiative campaign in California that would impose huge tax increases in an effort to improve K-12 education funding.

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