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Rebeca Shackleford

Director of Federal Government Relations, All4Ed

Rebeca Shackleford joined All4Ed in August of 2021 as Director of Federal Government Relations supporting the organization’s federal policy and advocacy agenda to ensure all students graduate prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.

Ms. Shackleford has dedicated her career to educational equity and brings both practitioner and policy experience to her work along with expertise in early childhood education, bilingual education, emergent literacy, and English Learners. Her passion for elevating community voices in advocacy comes from her own experience as an Afro-Latina and former English Learner.

Prior to joining, All4Ed, Ms. Shackleford led policy and partnerships for the KIPP Foundation where she oversaw federal advocacy actions including the organization’s first Alumni Capitol Hill Advocacy Week, federal appropriations strategy, and supported KIPP’s regions on their state and local legislative strategies. Previously, she was the Manager of Data and Impact for the Education, Workforce Development and Evaluation component of UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latinx civil rights organization. Ms. Shackleford began her career as a teacher before becoming the founding Head of School of a Montessori school in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Shackleford earned a bachelor’s in early childhood education and American history, with a focus on civil rights, from Fort Hays State University, Montessori teacher training from Centro de Entrenamiento Montessori Sierra Madre, and a master’s in education policy studies from the George Washington University.

Articles by Rebeca

November 24, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, US Department of Education

Build Back Better Clears Another Hurdle

The House of Representatives finally passed the $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act – with key investments for families and students. But will the …
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October 22, 2021

Federal Flash | Assessment, Congress, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Is Free Community College on the Chopping Block?

Congress remains at a standstill over budget reconciliation, with a looming December deadline to make key decisions to keep the government open and funded.
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October 6, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Congress On Edge: Avoiding a Shutdown but a Fiscal Cliff Approaches

Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, both the administration and Congress have made addressing student loan rules and forgiveness a top priority, and schools across the country work to keep students and educators safe.
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September 13, 2021

Advocacy, Publication | College and Career Pathways, Congress, Coronavirus Response, High Schools, Higher Education

Enhancing the Impact of the Build Back Better Act

If community college is made free without also making early college credits free, there may be a disincentive for students to participate in dual enrollment.
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