Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long joined a group of 20 state officials from across the country who have been selected to participate in the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows Program on education policy.

The fellowship, named after former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt and former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, is a bipartisan group assembled to discuss the importance of educational standards, aligned assessments and accountability systems. Over a nine-month period, fellows will be immersed in state-level education policy initiatives and ideas to share with their respective states.

The fellowship, which was held Dec. 6-8 in Washington, D.C., included panel discussions with former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Fordham Institute President Mike Petrilli and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President Nina Rees, as well as a tour of the Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Before the second convening in August 2018, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in regional visits to innovative programs and state-specific briefings in their home states.

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