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Robert G. Holland

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, Holland 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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March 5, 2020
By Robert G. Holland
Florida again leads the way by supporting a wide range of private and public school choices for families, a blossoming of freedom that DeSantis helped bolster as a top priority upon taking office in 2019. 
February 18, 2020
By Robert G. Holland
"The growth of this event serves as an indicator of the rising American interest in families having as free a choice among schools as they have when they pick out a pair of shoes at the mall. "
February 1, 2020
By Robert G. Holland
State by state, CSAs could build on the pioneering breakthrough in school choice that Virginia Walden Ford and others achieved 15 years ago with the Opportunity Scholarships in the federal city.
January 21, 2020
By Robert G. Holland
School Choice Week showcases the interest in school choice and pent-up demand for more of it. Whether supply meets that demand will depend in part on decisions in the political and legal realms.
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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