Carrie Hahnel

Carrie Hahnel
Carrie Hahnel
Senior Policy and Research Fellow,
Policy Analysis for California Education

Carrie Hahnel is Senior Director of Policy and Strategy with the Opportunity Institute and a senior policy and research fellow with PACE. Her research and policy expertise focus on school finance, school data, education accountability, and ways in which policies and systems can mitigate racial and socioeconomic inequities. She previously served as deputy director for policy and research and interim co-executive director for The Education Trust–West and, before that, as research and evaluation director for the KIPP network of schools. She started her career in education as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and has also worked as an arts education advocate. She received her BA from Carleton College and her MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

updated 2021

Publications by Carrie Hahnel
Trade-offs and Policy Alternatives for California
The method California uses to count students for funding purposes is an important decision that drives both resources and behaviors. For more than 100 years, California has funded school districts based on the average number of students who attend…
California enacted a groundbreaking shift to its school-funding system when it passed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. The law sought to make funding more equitable and also aimed to increase local control based on the premise that…
California is the fifth largest economy in the world and the wealthiest state in the nation. The Golden State is home to countless tech giants, an enormous entertainment industry, major agricultural regions, and many other successful industries.…
A Summary Brief
California and the rest of the country are enduring a pandemic-induced economic recession, and school and district leaders are bracing for the fallout. Funding for California schools had improved rapidly between 2013 and 2019, with districts…