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    By Chad Aldeman and Andrew J. Rotherham

    Saving for retirement is a nationwide problem — a recent study found that 92 percent of households do not meet retirement savings targets for their age and income. Yet for most workers, public policies are not the root cause of their lack of savings. For public school teachers, however, poorly structured policies put in place over the past few decades by states and cities can exacerbate their retirement insecurity.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    USA Today -- Most non-New Yorkers know only two things about Bill de Blasio, the city’s new progressive mayor: He eats pizza with a knife and fork, and Al Roker attacked him for sending students to school in a snowstorm. But parents should know a third: He's waging a Democrat vs. Democrat battle over education issues that could spill into the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and into your community.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- What does the renewed push for vouchers mean for our education system? That is of course a matter of debate. Proponents and opponents make a lot of overblown claims about what vouchers will or won’t do. But with a number of programs already in force, we actually know quite a bit about how they work. So, if this debate comes to a school system near you, here are five claims every parent should be skeptical about.

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    By J.B. Schramm, Chad Aldeman, Andrew Rotherham, Rachael Brown and Jordan Cross

    As more students have attended and completed higher education, experts have repeatedly predicted this would create an over-abundance of college-educated workers. But the exact opposite has happened. Through economic upturns and downturns, including the recent recession, a college education remains the best insurance policy against shifting labor markets, unemployment, and under-employment.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Why our policies for good students really aren't that smart.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Federal guidelines don't mandate new teams, but could lead to a more inclusive society.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Even out of office, the President is still promoting education reform.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- School reform is a political hot potato, and the former Florida governor can’t get enough of it.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Results across the country show the fragility of the reform agenda.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- As for-profits evolve they may just change the entire sector of higher education.

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    By Andrew J. Rotherham

    TIME.com -- Maggie Gyllenhaal’s decision to star in a schmaltzy takedown of teachers unions just might move education reform into the mainstream.

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    By Sara Mead, Andrew J. Rotherham and Rachael Brown

    Education reformers and state policymakers have rushed to enact new teacher evaluation policies. While changes in teacher evaluation are clearly needed, recent efforts have often paid insufficient attention to fundamental tensions in the design, implementation, purposes, and use of teacher evaluations, including trade-offs between local flexibility and centralized control, different purposes and uses of evaluations, and the role that evaluation should play in an evolving system. Ultimately, smart educator evaluation policies must be based in a much more nuanced consideration of what it means to evaluate teachers as professionals than is included in our current debates. By raising and discussing these trade-offs and tensions, this paper seeks to advance the debate on teacher evaluation.

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