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

As a policy analyst, Eric supports the policy team by tracking legislation, completing 50-State Comparisons and answering information requests. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, he earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas and a master’s of public administration at the University of Colorado Denver.

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