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Policy Researcher at Education Commission of the States | zperez@ecs.org

As a policy analyst, Zeke tracks legislation related to statewide longitudinal data systems, school safety and postsecondary campus safety. He has been with Education Commission of the States since 2014. Zeke has a passion for local politics and enjoys following the varied policy approaches of city and state leaders.

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How Are States Paying for New School Safety Measures?

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Financial Literacy Is a Growing Focus in Education Curricula

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Members of Congress are scheduled to meet today during a special order to revisit and consider legislation that could have potential...

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month; a month which, unfortunately, has a strong connection to higher education....

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States continue to address data tracking needs with increased accountability measures and reporting innovations, acknowledging the use and...

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At the beginning of August, I attended the National Center for Education Statistics’ STATS-DC Data Conference. It was a wonderful...

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Data Systems and Informed Education Policy

On Nov. 16, 2016, revisions to the key takeaways of this 50-State Comparison (and blog) were made.  The importance of data in informing...

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For the love of the game? Legislators Address College Athletics

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Student Free Speech

Younger Americans often carry many labels, some fair and some unjust. They refuse to eat cereal because they’re too lazy to wash a bowl;...

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