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Audience in Lecture






Vice President for Ohio Policy


Thomas B. Fordham Institute


Chad Aldis is Vice President for Ohio policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The institute's focus is to promote educational excellence for every child in America via quality research, analysis, and commentary. Chad leads the organization's work in Ohio. In this role, he has been deeply involved in many of the key education policy debates in recent years providing testimony to the Ohio General Assembly on school funding, charter school accountability, graduation requirements, school report cards, and private school choice. His commentary and analysis has been featured in national and major Ohio media sources including the Columbus Dispatch, Akron Beacon Journal, Dayton Daily News, Cincinnati Enquirer, and

Before joining Fordham, Aldis served as the Director of Education for the Iowa Department of Education, a Program Officer for the Walton Family Foundation, a State Leader for StudentsFirst, the Executive Director of School Choice Ohio, Scholarship Programs Director at the Florida Department of Education (overseeing the John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program and the Tax Credit Scholarship Program), and as a legislative analyst for the Education Committee of the Florida House of Representatives. He currently serves on the board of the PIE Network.

Chad holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mississippi and a law degree from Florida State University. Chad lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio.

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