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Linea Koehler
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Senior Analyst
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Linea Koehler is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether, Linea worked in education philanthropy.

Most recently, Linea served as a program officer for College Success at the ECMC Foundation, where she oversaw a portfolio of $28 million in grants focused on increasing college persistence, two-year transfer, bachelor's degree completion, and career readiness at graduation for students from underserved backgrounds. During her tenure, she also played a key role in the launch of two special initiatives designed to address gaps in the existing ECMC College Success funding portfolio. Before that, Linea served in several roles at Dalio Philanthropies, where she collaborated with youth-serving nonprofit leaders to build their organizational capacity and led internal efforts to improve grant-making, monitoring, and evaluation policies.

Linea holds a bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in American government from Vanderbilt University, and additional credentialing in monitoring and evaluation from New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

Why I do this work: I believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities, but access to educational opportunities remains profoundly inequitable. Growing up on the rural west side of Kaua’i, Hawaii, resources were sparse and I exclusively attended Title I schools through middle and high school. I saw firsthand how a lack of access to quality schools and wraparound supports impacts students and — were I not privileged enough to be the daughter of a teacher who advocated for me and supplemented my education at home — my life trajectory would have been very different. Every young person, regardless of background, deserves a high-quality education.

Experience at Bellwether: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Performance Improvement / Sustainability; Performance Metrics; Policy Research and Analysis; Foundations

Client segments served: K-12 Schools; Postsecondary / Higher Education; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups

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Paul Beach
Brian Robinson
Hailly T.N. Korman
Linea Koehler

Today, and on any given day in the U.S., tens of thousands of students are attending school behind bars. Juvenile justice education fails many of these students, resulting in a double punishment for youth: the punitive experience of incarceration for their alleged offense and the potentially catastrophic disruptions of their educational pathway.

Bellwether Education Partners’ new report, Double Punished: Locked Out of Opportunity, reviews juvenile justice education policies in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. We focused our review on three related sets of policy tools that are crucial for improving outcomes for youth who are incarcerated: governance, accountability, and finance. While each of these policy tools creates opportunities for reform, designing all three to be mutually reinforcing has broader impact at the system level. However, our review of current state policies shows that there is much to improve.