Eric Lerum

Guest Blogger

Education Consultant

Jersey City, New Jersey

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Posted Oct. 12, 2015

Can’t We Just Agree That Great Schools Are Great for Students?

A few weeks ago, a story broke in the Los Angeles Times about a plan to expand access to public…

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Posted Oct. 6, 2015

Here’s Why Race to the Top Was So Genius

In September 2009, I was asked to spearhead the District of Columbia’s efforts to win a Race to the Top…

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Posted Sep. 8, 2015

These Two Court Decisions Show Just How Far Behind We Are on Education

School districts, despite their track record of not educating tens of millions of students, are still the only protected mechanism…

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Posted Sep. 1, 2015

The Odd Couples of Education: Teachers Unions and the GOP

We were recently treated to the most in-depth conversations yet on the campaign trail regarding education policy, courtesy of a…

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015

Really, Randi? This Is What You Want to Ask the Candidates?

The first major presidential debate for Republican candidates was last week, and though there were plenty of stories coming out…

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Posted Aug. 4, 2015

Another University Lost to Standards vs. Diversity

Diverse student bodies make for a more enriching learning experience, and top-tier institutions should continue to aim high when it…

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Posted July 28, 2015

Poverty Matters, But It’s Not Destiny

A short piece on Slate last week told a familiar grim story. According to new data released by the Annie E.…

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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