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Chad Aldeman is policy director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Edunomics Lab, Chad worked at Bellwether Education Partners from 2012-2020, where he advised clients and wrote on teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and college and career readiness. He also served as editor for TeacherPensions.org.

Published Articles & Media

Teachers Have the Nation’s Highest Retirement Costs. But They’ll Never See the Benefits

Teachers can’t buy food, afford child care, or pay their mortgages with the promise of future benefits — especially ones that never come.

Democrats Are In Denial About Teacher Pensions

Earlier this month the Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee issued a report called “Retirement Security in Peril.” While they get some facts right, they also miss the forest for the trees.

Yes, Teacher Turnover Can Be a Problem. But New Federal Data Show It’s Far From a National Crisis

Public education has some of the lowest rates of job turnover in our economy.

Are Pension Plans ‘Better’ for Charter School Teachers?

The traditional Pennsylvania system costs three times as much as what the charter school is offering.

AFT Still Working At Cross-Purposes with Teachers’ Interests

A response to AFT President Randi Weingarten

Why Most Teachers Get a Bad Deal on Pensions

State plans create more losers than winners, and many get nothing at all

We Have to Say More About Teacher Evaluation Reforms Than Just “They Didn’t Work”

Rather than turning away from teacher evaluation reform, we should learn from the massive Obama-era effort: what worked and what didn’t work and why.

Teacher Retirement Plans Are Among the Worst in the Country

Public school teachers are enrolled in horribly back-loaded retirement plans. Most teachers won’t be served well by that arrangement.

The Teacher Evaluation Revamp, In Hindsight

What the Obama administration's signature reform got wrong

What Are the Options for States Dealing With Unfunded Pension Liabilities?

Collectively, states face $1.4 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, and $500 billion of that is due to teacher pension debt.

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