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Kirsten Schmitz
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Kirsten Schmitz is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2016, Kirsten worked as a program coordinator at the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. Before that, she taught middle school English Language Arts in Dallas, Texas as a Teach For America corps member. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Kirsten earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in urban education policy at Brown University.

Experience at Bellwether: policy research and analysis

Why I do this work: Our existing public education system is inarguably inequitable. I believe every child deserves an excellent education, and that thoughtful, informed policies can positively shift our collective future. 


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"The State of the Charter Sector" provides the latest available information on charter schools across the country, including updated data on growth, performance, and geographic trends. It also includes analyses of the challenges that charter schools face and how the sector is trying to address them.
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