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Paul Beach
Associate Partner
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Paul Beach is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2021, Paul worked as a research associate at Inflexion, formerly the Educational Policy Improvement Center. In this role, Paul provided research and evaluation support on a variety of projects for partners that spanned the education sector, including federal agencies, state departments of education, districts and schools, philanthropic foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Paul’s research at Inflexion/EPIC centered on postsecondary readiness with a focus on helping partners identify the knowledge and skills students need to be successful after high school. Paul’s other areas of research at Inflexion included school accountability policy, school improvement theory and practice, and the role of metacognition in education. 

While at Inflexion/EPIC, Paul also worked for the Center for Equity Promotion at the University of Oregon as a graduate employee, where he provided research and project management support for an Institute of Education Sciences grant to promote academic success and positive behavioral outcomes for Latinx students by leveraging school-family partnerships. While at the University of Oregon, Paul also conducted independent research on topics such as school accountability policy, accelerated coursework access, and rural and remote education. Paul holds a Ph.D. in quantitative research methods in education and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oregon, as well as bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Paul lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife and son. 

Why I do this work: I believe access to high-quality education is an essential human right. Anyone who studies education very quickly realizes that not all students have equal or equitable access to high-quality educational opportunities. I’ve dedicated my career to leveraging the best available evidence to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students, especially those who are being underserved and marginalized by educational systems.


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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.