Lea Crusey

Guest Blogger

Founder, Allies for Educational Equity

Washington, D.C.

Lea Crusey is the founder of Allies for Educational Equity, a non-partisan, grassroots-funded political action committee, with a mission to unite the political voices of education reformers so that zipcodes don’t determine destinies.

Lea’s career to date has spanned the country and has crossed sectors. She started her career in the classroom as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Bay Area, later worked on state level advocacy for StudentsFirst, then led nationally at Democrats for Education Reform. Before launching Allies, Lea served as an Obama appointee at the US Department of Education’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development where she advised on a P-12 education policy, with a portfolio that included teacher preparation, charter schools, Promise Neighborhoods, and literacy.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Lea serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Leadership Academy Public Charter High School, the Center for Supportive Schools, and Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks. She and her husband are proud (and sometimes exasperated) parents of one toddler, and live in Washington, D.C.

You can find Allies for Educational Equity on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted Mar. 19, 2019

Don’t Like Who’s on the School Board Ballot? Run.

With headlines dominated by news of 2020 presidential candidates, it’s easy to forget that there are elections happening across the…

By Aviva Rosman, Lea Crusey

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Posted Feb. 5, 2018

Is This Education Reform’s ‘E Pluribus Unum’ Moment?

Everyone trying to influence policy dreams of leading “an organized whole that acts as a single, unified, powerful or influential…

By Lea Crusey

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Posted Nov. 14, 2017

Are Education Reformers Willing to Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is?

It’s getting uncomfortable out there. Amidst a national period of divisiveness and polarization, “edu-politics,” the politics of public education, is…

By Lea Crusey

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Posted Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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