Bebe Verdery is the Director of the ACLU of Maryland’s Education program. She advocates on a variety of education-related policy, legislative, and budget issues affecting children of color and children from low-income areas, including state and local funding of education, access to pre-kindergarten, school facilities, high-stakes testing, and school discipline, with an emphasis on students in Baltimore City. Prior to joining the ACLU in 1998, she directed the Public Affairs program at Planned Parenthood of Maryland, and before that she worked as Field Director for NARAL. Her organizing work began in the Carolinas, focusing on community, civil rights, and environmental issues. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a degree in Psychology. Bebe’s accolades include Women’s Law Center’s “Dorothy Beatty Award” for significant contributions to the advancement of women’s rights, Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s “William L. Marbury Award for Outstanding Advocacy”, and the Open Society Institute's “Audacious Individual Award”. She was a 2013 finalist for the Baltimore Sun's “Marylander of the Year”.