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Expertise: Federal K-12 education policy, high school reform, educational issues related to Latinos, English language learners, and immigrant students

Melissa Lazarín is a Senior Policy Adviser for the Education Policy team at American Progress. She has focused principally on school improvement, educational innovation including expanded learning time and charter schooling, high school reform, standards, and education issues related to English language learners and Latinos.

Prior to joining American Progress, Melissa served as director of education policy at First Focus, a national children’s advocacy organization, and associate director of education policy at the National Council of La Raza, a national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. In both capacities she advanced federal legislation related to high school reform, educational opportunities for immigrant students, and standards-based reform. Earlier in her career Melissa worked as a policy analyst with Social Policy Research Associates in Oakland, California, where she evaluated Job Corps, school-to-work, workforce development programs, and high school programs.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

By Melissa Lazarín
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Reading, Writing, and the Common Core State StandardsCenter for American ProgressAugust 17, 2016
Investing in Educator CapacityCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2015
Testing Overload in America’s SchoolsCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2014
Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and DistrictsCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2014
How Approaches to Stuck-in-the-Mud School Funding Hinder ImprovementCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2013
The Student Success Act Is the Wrong Way ForwardCenter for American ProgressJuly 18, 2013
President Obama’s Budget Makes Historic Investments in Young ChildrenCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2013
The Preschool-Access GapCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2013
Federal Investment Can Help Close the Preschool-Access GapCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2013
Investing in Our ChildrenCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2013
Competing for School Improvement DollarsCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2012
Federal Investment in Charter SchoolsCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2011
Charting New TerritoryCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2011
Incentivizing School TurnaroundCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2011
Next Generation Charter SchoolsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2010
Making ELT Work in BostonCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2010
Ask the Expert: Opportunities for Education ReformCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2010
An Opportunity for Education ReformCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2010
Status Quo vs. InnovationCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2010
Union and District Partnerships to Expand Learning TimeCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2009
Five Ways to Innovate in EducationCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2009
Ask the Expert: President Obama’s Education PrioritiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2009
Investing Wisely in Our ChildrenCenter for American ProgressFebruary 26, 2009
Una Carrera Contra el RelojCenter for American ProgressDecember 16, 2008
A Race Against the ClockCenter for American ProgressDecember 16, 2008
An Education Agenda for Latino StudentsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 15, 2008
Dropouts Don’t Have to Stay OutCenter for American ProgressAugust 26, 2008