Archives: education policy

Improving the Student-Teacher Connection

Despite the struggles over education in the US, most people agree teachers can have an enormous impact; the harder question is what makes them great. This hour we’ll examine practical steps that can build trust among teachers and students, and how collaboration and peer-observations might be the key to improving the quality of education.

Repealing the Common Core

The new school year is just around the corner, and Ohio plans to align its standardized tests with the Common Core curriculum. Opponents see this as a federal takeover of public education and are working to pass a bill eliminating the Core. This hour we’ll hear from both sides, and discuss the future of standardized education in Ohio.

Separate and Unequal: The State of School Segregation

Sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed school segregation with its landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. But a new report finds those gains have been gradually rolled back. We’ll talk about a new documentary chronicling the re-segregation of public schools, and take a look at the failed integration in Columbus districts.

Education for the Disabled

In 1975, congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which required free and appropriate education for all children. On its surface IDEA seemed like a democratizing force, but the law hasn’t measured up, especially where minority kids are concerned. This hour, we’ll take a close look at IDEA’s successes and shortcomings