Melinda George

Melinda leads Learning Forward’s policy work on critical programs such as Title IIA, including working with Learning Forward members to be strong advocates on behalf of professional learning. She is a designer and facilitator for Learning Forward networks including the Design Professional Learning in a Virtual World (DPLV) network and the What Matters Now (WMN) network. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Melinda was president of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF). She began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Washington, DC. Melinda believes that every voice should be heard and she encourages advocacy leadership for all!

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At last, some movement on the Hill

By Melinda George | November 10, 2021

In early November, Congress finally notched a major policy win, with the House passing the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Fund (BIF) bill on a bipartisan vote. The bill includes no direct funding for education but will help improve the nation’s roads, bridges, drinking water, and broadband access, all of which are critical to schools. BIF, […]

Capitol Hill progress, negotiations, and road blocks

By Melinda George | September 29, 2021

If you have been watching the news lately, you know that there is a lot happening – or not happening – on Capitol Hill. There are several big things that are being debated. These include: House and Senate working together to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to temporarily fund the government and avoid a government […]

US federal budget in motion

By Melinda George | August 26, 2021

The $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation Act, which may contain hundreds of billions of dollars for Biden Administration priorities like free community college, free pre-K, and teacher preparation programs, is beginning to move more quickly down the path to enactment. This week, the full House of Representatives approved a Budget Reconciliation bill that establishes the topline […]

September advocacy campaign coming soon!

By Melinda George | August 11, 2021

In late July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that included Fiscal Year 2022 funding for all federal education programs. Under that bill, U.S. Department of Education programs would receive an increase of 41%, including a $2.3 billion allocation for Title IIA, a $150 million increase over last year’s appropriation. Before this bill […]

FY22 Appropriations process underway

By Melinda George | May 11, 2021

On May 5, the House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee launched the FY 2022 appropriations process with a hearing to hear from US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona about President Biden’s proposed FY22 budget for the Department of Education. The hearing occurred even though the Department has only publicly released a few top-line FY22 education […]

[Video] What does the American Rescue Plan mean for you as a leader of educator learning?

By Frederick Brown and Melinda George | April 14, 2021

Do you have questions about how the American Rescue Plan affects leaders of learning like yourself? Learning Forward’s Chief Strategy Officer Melinda George and Chief Learning Officer Frederick Brown have put together a short video explaining what the rescue plan means for education; how the funds can be used; and how Learning Forward’s Professional Services […]