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Robert Holland, a journalist and author who has championed school choice throughout his career, is a Heartland Institute Senior Fellow addressing education policy.

Robert Holland, a journalist and author who has championed school choice throughout his career, is a Heartland Institute Senior Fellow addressing education policy.

As a senior fellow with the Lexington Institute (a Washington, DC-area think tank) from 1999 to 2006, he specialized in education reform driven by consumer choice. His book on teacher preparation, To Build a Better Teacher: The Emergence of a Competitive Education Industry, was published by Praeger Paperbacks in 2004.

During his 1992-99 tenure as op-ed page editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Holland also wrote an award-winning column on education-related topics. His 1995 book, Not With My Child, You Don't, examined the parents' revolt against national school restructuring. In 1998, he was the editor of a special issue of Crisis magazine, Crisis in Education, which featured articles by many of the nation's leading proponents of market-based education reform.

Holland won the 1992 H.L. Mencken award in the category of Best Editorial or Op-Ed Column in the nation. The Free Press Association gives the award to journalists who use First Amendment freedoms to question authority and to expose violations of individual rights. In 1975, Holland also won the International Reading Association's Print Media Award for outstanding reporting in the field of reading.

Holland has given talks on education issues at many locations. Among them are: Windsor Castle (England), Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Birmingham, Topeka, Charleston (South Carolina), Atlanta, Raleigh, Harvard University, Howard University, the University of Virginia, Minneapolis, Orlando, Lexington (Kentucky), Washington, DC, and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

An honors graduate of Washington and Lee University, Holland began his newspaper career as chief of a 10-county news bureau in Southside Virginia. There he covered the national story of Prince Edward County's closing of its public schools to avoid court-ordered desegregation. He wrote a book, The Story of the Prince Edward Free Schools (Michie Press, 1964), on how President John F. Kennedy and Virginia leaders cooperated in opening private schools to fill the education void for the county's deprived black children until the impasse was resolved. Subsequently, Holland went to Richmond to serve as the Times-Dispatch's education editor and columnist and later moved into editorial writing.

Holland and his wife, Allyne, co-authored The Student Journalist and the Literary Magazine, a guidebook for students and teachers organizing literary magazines (New York: Richards Rosen Press, 1970). Holland has been a School Reform News contributing editor, and his articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers from Washington, DC to Honolulu, as well as in journals as diverse as the Howard University Law Journal, Policy Review, and Education Week.

Recent Articles and Publications

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April 25, 2017
By Robert G. Holland
While touting localism, you see, Trump also has in mind a grand plan devised in Washington, D.C.: the creation of a $250 million national program to help disadvantaged children choose private schools.
April 20, 2017
By Lennie Jarratt, Teresa Mull, Tim Benson, Robert G. Holland, Larry Sand
" As a leader in education choice, Florida should next consider universal education choice and open the education market to a vast new array of education opportunities to meet the needs of all students.” - Lennie Jarratt
April 17, 2017
By Robert G. Holland
Closing down the U.S. Education Department (USED) could be a snap compared to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
April 11, 2017
By Robert G. Holland
Decades ago, the arrival of spring brought with it the return of silly season on university campuses, with such frolics as goldfish swallowing, telephone-booth stuffing, piano shattering, panty raids, and streaking.
July 13, 2010
By Robert G. Holland
If Horry County's school board gave a 90-day conditional approval to the Palmetto Academy for Learning Motorsports Charter School because it wants to nail down details before issuing a charter, that is fair enough. ("School plan moves ahead," July 7.
June 21, 2010
By Robert G. Holland
If state Board of Education chair Wanda Barrs is correct in her assertion that the state’s teachers and students will be relieved to find many elements of Georgia’s standards in the new Common Core national education standards, where does
June 14, 2010
By Robert G. Holland
If any doubt remained that the American Educational Research Association is about advocacy rather than objective research, its leaders ended all questions at the AERA's recent annual meeting in Denver ("Education-Research Group Puts Itself on the Border
May 31, 2010
By Robert G. Holland
The refusal by Virginia Gov. Robert F.

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