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Kirsten Schmitz
Policy and Thought Leadership

Background: Kirsten Schmitz is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership 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. 


Recent Media

Max Marchitello
Kirsten Schmitz
Chad Aldeman

Most educators are women, and yet male educators outearn women in terms of annual salaries and retirement benefits. Given that school districts typically operate with uniform salary schedules that, on their face, appear neutral, it may be surprising to see gaps emerge along gender and racial lines.