Ashley Simpson Baird

Ashley Simpson Baird, Ph.D. is the founder and principal of Merit Research, Policy, and Evaluation which provides customized, equity-focused solutions for schools and educational non-profits. Formerly, she was a teacher at Briya Public Charter School and Board Chair at The Next Step/el Próximo Paso Public Charter School. Dr. Simpson Baird can be reached at

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