Attorneys

Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric co-founded the law and consulting firm Federal Education Group in 2009. Melissa and Sheara help states, school districts, and charter schools find flexibilities in federal law so they can use federal money to achieve their goals for students in a way that maintains compliance.

They also work with clients to design and implement red tape reduction initiatives that reduce paperwork so staff can focus more time on student needs.  In addition, they help  states and school districts strengthen their operational systems, such as budgeting, human resources, procurement, and financial management, to better support education  services.  Melissa and Sheara also represent clients in federal audit, monitoring, and other oversight processes, to help avoid or minimize the repayment of federal funds.

From 2008 to 2009, Melissa and Sheara served as in-house counsel to a state department of education; prior to that they worked together at an education law firm. Melissa was at the firm for ten years, and Sheara for five.

National organizations regularly seek Melissa and Sheara’s perspective on federal law and funding matters including the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, the National Association of State Title I Directors, and the Council of Chief School Officers (CCSSO).

The two have written numerous papers, articles, and toolkits on federal education funding, some of which can be accessed on the Publications
page.