Eric Lerum

Guest Blogger

Education Consultant

Jersey City, New Jersey

Eric Lerum is the vice president of growth and strategy for America Succeeds, where he leads the organization’s efforts to amplify the business leader voice in support of improving public education.

Eric has over a decade of experience in strategic planning, partnership development, and advising state and local policymakers regarding public education issues.

Most recently Lerum led the policy efforts at StudentsFirst as the vice president of national policy, building a team of policy and legislative analysts with expertise across a broad agenda, including teacher quality, school choice and governance reform.

Before StudentsFirst, Eric served as chief of staff to the deputy mayor for education for the District of Columbia, where he played a lead role in school reform efforts, including the mayoral takeover of the school system and D.C.’s successful Race to the Top application.

He has also held positions as the legislative counsel to the D.C. Council’s education committee and as a policy analyst for the D.C. Board of Education.

Eric is a 2003 graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, where he developed his interests in public education and youth justice while teaching constitutional literacy to high school students.

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We Got Our Hands on Unionized Charter School Teacher Contracts and Here’s What We Found

What stands out most about the debate around unionizing charter schools, however, is how shockingly little we know about what it even means. …

By Eric Lerum

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Posted June 13, 2016

Here’s How Secretary King Is Living Up to a 50-Year-Old Promise

Kevin Kosar, a fellow at a conservative think tank, wrote a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute aimed…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Apr. 29, 2016

For Millions of Students, the Entire K-12 Education System Is a Sham

Scores for 12th graders on the NAEP math and reading assessments were released this week, and the news wasn’t good. Reading…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Mar. 15, 2016

‘Opting In’ to a Public Education System That Works

Over the past year, there has been a lot of attention paid to the “opt-out” movement growing in pockets across…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Dec. 21, 2015

The Economic Impact of Education Reform Could Be Huge

The question of how much education reform can help improve the economy is a persistent one that many research and…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Dec. 3, 2015

Don’t Listen to Diane: ‘Proficiency’ Means Exactly What You Think It Means

Last week, Diane Ravitch wrote a cheery piece on her blog about a story asserting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

Looking Back on Race to the Top With Clear Eyes

The U.S. Department of Education released a report today examining the impact of the federal Race to the Top competitive…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Nov. 5, 2015

Dear Democrats: It’s Time to Tell Us Where You Stand on Education

Dear Democratic Candidates, We really like you. We’ve been cheering you on for months now (or, in the case of…

By Eric Lerum, Valentina Korkes

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Posted Oct. 28, 2015

The New NAEP Results and What They Tell Us

The 2015 NAEP results are finally out and the news isn’t great. Overall scores are flat or down from 2013,…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Oct. 27, 2015

NAEP Results Come Out Tomorrow. Have You Done Your Pre-Reading?

It’s that wonderful time of year. If that sounds like phrasing associated with a holiday, well…for followers of education policy,…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted June 23, 2017

I Never Thought I’d Be Legally Allowed to Stay in This Country. Now I’m a Teacher.

I never thought I’d get here. I never thought I’d be legally allowed to stay in this country, be a college graduate or be a…

By Angelica Del Rio

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Posted June 23, 2017

This Mom Knows Oversized Classrooms and Overworked Teachers, She Didn’t Want That for Her Children

Where do you live, and what schools do your children attend? My family lives in Tacoma. My daughter attends Green Dot Destiny Middle School, and…

By Danielle Davies, Francesca McDaniel

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Posted June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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