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Melissa Turner

Senior Manager, State Policy

Melissa Turner is the Senior Manager for State Policy with the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She is part of the public policy and advocacy team, and supports parent mobilization and advocacy around issues that impact students with learning and attention issues, including policies related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Melissa also serves as an adjunct instructor of education policy and grant evaluator for American University’s School of Education. Previously, Melissa served in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), analyzing education and disability budget, policy, legislative and regulatory proposals for the US Department of Education, and working closely with the White House and advisers to the President developing the President’s annual budget.

Prior to her role at OMB, Melissa worked in the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, providing technical assistance and monitoring state special education and general education programs to improve results for children with disabilities. Melissa started her career as a parent advocate in New York state, counseling parents of children with disabilities and advocating for them throughout the special education process.

Melissa holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching and a BA in American Studies from American University.

From the policy blog

Working Together For Education Funding #MakesSense

Written by Griffin Stein | 1 week ago

On Wednesday, July 18th, I joined the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) coalition on Capitol Hill to advocate for greater federal investment in education. Representing NCLD, I met with staffers and other coalition members, from as far away as Colorado and Texas, in support of the #5CentsMakesSense campaign, which calls for increased funding from a … Continue reading Working Together For Education Funding #MakesSense

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