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Education Policy Expert Bethany Little Joins the Alliance as Director of Federal Advocacy and Policy Development

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Education Policy Expert Bethany Little Joins the Alliance as Director of Federal Advocacy and Policy Development

Bethany Little has been named Director of Federal Advocacy and Policy Development at the Alliance for Excellent Education, it was announced today by the organization’s president, Bob Wise.

Little will be responsible for guiding the Alliance’s policy work in key issue areas, including adolescent literacy, teacher and principal quality, college preparation, and smaller learning communities. As a senior member of the Alliance’s staff, she is charged with helping to build a national movement to redesign high schools with the goal of increasing graduation rates and achievement levels.

“Bethany’s experience as a policy expert and advocate combines message and action,” says Wise, former governor of West Virginia. “We are excited that she will be working with us to identify and advocate for policies and strategies that will benefit our nation’s students and make positive changes in America’s high schools.”

Little came to the Alliance from the Children’s Defense Fund, where, as director of government relations, she guided advocacy efforts, provided policy direction, and managed grassroots efforts to impact federal policy. From 2001-2003, Little worked in the office of United States Senator Patty Murray as a legislative assistant focused on education, welfare, and children and families issues. Prior to that, she was associate director for the White House Domestic Policy Council and served as policy advisor to the Vice President. She has held positions at the U.S. Department of Education, Council for Excellence in Government, the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and Clinton/Gore ’96. Little is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. in Foreign Service.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

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