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Policy Analyst at Education Commission of the States | dpechota@ecs.org

As a policy analyst, Damion provides research and analysis on a diverse set of state-level education issues. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, Damion worked as a senior policy analyst with Legislative Council at the Colorado General Assembly. Damion is dedicated to the idea that a nonpartisan perspective can enhance the discussion and understanding of state education issues from early learning to workforce development.

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Results of the 2020 Statewide Elections

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In the past few years, the use of e-cigarettes — also known as vaping — has increased dramatically among school-age youth. This issue...

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