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JOY PULLMAN is managing editor of The Federalist and an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute. She received a Robert Novak journalism fellowship in 2013-14 to fund in-depth research and reporting on Common Core.
Pullmann has taught high school and middle school history, literature, and debate, and has written public speaking curriculum. A graduate of the Hillsdale College honors and journalism programs, Pullmann and her husband live in the Midwest and have four children ages five and younger.
In 2009, a conglomerate of unelected, self-appointed officials met behind closed doors to create a set of rules that would outline what children must learn in every grade in core K-12 classes. In 2010, the Obama administration required states to use these rules for curriculum and tests to have a chance at extra federal money during the Great Recession. Three years later, most Americans told pollsters they had no idea what Common Core was.