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Chad Aldeman is a principal at Bellwether Education Partners, where he has worked on the Policy and Thought Leadership team since 2012, advising clients and writing on teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and college- and career-readiness.

Published Articles & Media

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.

Why Should Education Advocates Care About Pension Reform?

Here are my best arguments for why education advocates should invest their time and political capital in pensions, as opposed to everything else they might want to work on.

Donald Trump Won. What Does That Mean for Education Policy?

Here are my 11 reflections on what this means and predictions for what might happen.

Are Teacher Turnover Rates Rising? Maybe Not

We may just be employing more teachers who fall into career stages with high turnover.

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