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Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Alex Spurrier is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in March 2019, Alex worked as a senior data scientist at the Kentucky Center for Statistics, conducting research and working with partners from early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce organizations to help them utilize longitudinal data for program improvement.

Previously, he served as a Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow at the Kentucky Department of Education, where he led the creation and execution of the agency’s research agenda and developed tools using statistical software to improve the speed and accuracy of analysis projects. Before that, he conducted education policy research and analysis for TNTP and ConnCAN, covering school finance, charter schools, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, and other issues. Alex got his start in education as a fifth-grade teacher and Teach For America corps member in Hartford, Connecticut.

Alex holds a master’s in public policy from Trinity College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethel University.

Why I do this work: Every child deserves access to an excellent education. I was fortunate to have attended excellent public schools, but that’s not the case for millions of students across the country. I’ve dedicated my career to improving education policy so that more children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Experience at Bellwether: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Data Collection and Analysis; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Project Management; CMO/Charter School Operators; District Schools; Foundations; Think Tanks; Advocacy Organizations

Client segments served: CMO/Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Foundations and Grantees; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups

Sample clients: Arnold Ventures, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, PIE Network, SchoolSmartKC, Walton Family Foundation

Recent Media

Michelle Croft
Juliet Squire
Alex Spurrier
Andrew J. Rotherham

Parents across the country continue to be concerned about their children’s academic and social-emotional well-being. Some parents are sufficiently satisfied with their children’s school and are content with a return to a pre-pandemic normal. Other parents are sufficiently dissatisfied and have already made a change, whether between schools, to home-schooling, or with supplemental learning opportunities. In between is a third group of parents — those who are frustrated and have not yet made a change, but are looking to policymakers and education leaders for solutions.

New Solutions for Frustrated Parents: How Education Leaders Can Help offers four recommendations for policymakers and education leaders to address the discontent among parents as the 2021-22 school year comes to a close.