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Phillip Burgoyne-Allen
Analyst
Policy and Evaluation

Background: Phillip Burgoyne-Allen is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2015, Phillip worked as a legislative assistant for Brustein & Manasevit, a law firm specializing in the management and regulation of federal education grants. Before that, he was both an intern and policy consultant for the moderate think tank Third Way, where he worked on communications, education, and government reform. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 2013.

Experience at Bellwether: policy research and analysis

Client segments served: nonprofit organizations, policy organizations, advocacy organizations, and foundations

Sample Clients: Council of Chief State School Officers, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Stand for Children, Walton Family Foundation

Why I do this work: When my mom was 16, she dropped out of high school to work more hours as a restaurant hostess. However, she later decided to further her education. She earned her GED, became a first-generation college student, and even graduated from law school. Now both my sister and I are college graduates, and our children and grandchildren will most likely be college graduates. My upbringing instilled in me an understanding of the exponential power that education can have.

Recent Media

Publication
Kelly Robson
Phillip Burgoyne-Allen
Juliet Squire
Jeff Schulz

Fourteen percent of the nation’s population lives in rural communities, and one in five K-12 students attends a rural school — a substantial proportion of America’s school population. Despite increased attention from the national education policy community in recent years, too many rural communities and schools continue to struggle to provide their students with quality educational opportunities. Common approaches to education reform that may work in urban communities often fail to take into account the unique assets and challenges facing rural schools.

"Wide-Open Spaces: Schooling in Rural America Today” provides education policymakers with a factbase on America’s rural schools and communities: the economic and academic challenges they face, their unique assets, and opportunities for improvement. This resource highlights some of the challenges facing schools and students, including limited economic opportunity, poor access to healthcare, and social challenges like drug addiction. It also provides an overview of available data on student outcomes, including National Assessment of Educational Progress data and graduation rates. These data reveal that while rural students appear to be doing better on average than students in some other geographies, there are real gaps among subgroups and barriers to postsecondary opportunities that hinder many rural students from achieving their full academic potential.

Even so, rural communities’ assets provide opportunities to create and sustain meaningful change. Compared with other geographies, rural communities tend to place high value on civic and community engagement and support tight-knit networks among residents. Community members tend to have a deep sense of and commitment to place that dates back generations. And at a state and national level, rural communities represent a powerful political voice.

"Wide-Open Spaces: Schooling in Rural America Today"
aims to equip advocates, decision-makers, and other stakeholders with a shared understanding of rural education to generate a more accurate and nuanced policy response.

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