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Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Alex Spurrier is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners 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

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Alex Spurrier
Sara Hodges
Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

Cover page for Priced Out of Public Schools Report.

Public schools are designed to provide every student with an equal opportunity to achieve the American dream. In reality, that ideal is removed from the lives of millions of K-12 schoolchildren. Geographic school district boundaries and the rental housing market limit options for students with the highest needs while benefiting more affluent families in far too many communities across the country.

Priced Out of Public Schools: District Lines, Housing Access, and Inequitable Educational Options, a new report by Bellwether Education Partners, examines the relationships among rental housing access, per-pupil funding, and school district boundaries in the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.