Will Ragland

Guest Blogger

Campaign Director of Education Policy, American Progress

Washington, D.C.

Will Ragland is the campaign director of education policy at American Progress. He comes from the U.S. Department of Education where he was the director of strategic outreach in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs. Will spent five years at the department leading efforts to build congressional coalitions behind the Obama administration’s education priorities, handling the office’s appropriations and budget portfolio, and managing relationships between members of Congress and senior leadership, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Before joining the department, he worked on the president’s first election bid in 2008, where he led regional research efforts in southern and northeastern battleground states such as North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and New Hampshire.

Previously, Will worked for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives under then-chair, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, and taught high school English.

Born and raised in Kilmarnock, Virginia, Will graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor’s degree in English and writing.

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Posted May 19, 2016

It’s Happening: States and Districts Are Starting to #TestBetter

With state testing winding down and the school year coming to a close, now is the perfect time to re-examine…

By Will Ragland

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Posted Oct. 21, 2015

Calling Out PBS NewsHour on the Facts About Standardized Testing

On October 20, PBS NewsHour aired a segment by Gwen Ifill that profiled Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian, who is leading…

By Will Ragland

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