Civil Discourse Prompts
Are teachers fairly compensated?
Are there structural problems like pension deficits that need to be addressed first?
If teacher compensation reflects an impoverished community can that community draw the best teachers?

Aldeman and Rhee each believe their preferred approach is in the best interest of America’s teachers. With teacher retirement plans across the U.S. carrying more than half a trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities, this is a timely conversation — one that is sure to play out on the national stage and in state capitals for years to come.

Chad Aldeman Senior Associate Partner
Bellwhether Education Partners

Chad Aldeman is a senior associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. At Bellwether, Chad writes about teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and college and career readiness. He also serves as the editor for

Nari Rhee Director
UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Nari Rhee, Ph.D., is director of the Retirement Security Program at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. Dr. Rhee has written on a wide range of issues related to pensions and retirement security, including the retirement savings crisis, public pension reform and retirement plan design. Her current research focuses on policies to improve the retirement income prospects of low-wage workers and teacher pensions.

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