September 25, 2014
One in 5 Columbus city schools qualifies for a parent takeover. This is according to the “parent trigger,” which allows parents to overhaul chronically under-performing schools–but only in Columbus. We’ll look into the origins of the measure and discuss what happens to students, teachers and administrators if parents decide it’s time for a change.
September 15, 2014
In 2013, one in every five U.S. high schoolers didn’t graduate with their class.Graduation rates are improving, but a large socio-economic gap exists. It’s easy to focus on the classroom, but factors in families and communities play major role in academic success, too. This hour we examine a holistic approach to preventing dropouts in our schools.
August 27, 2014
As area teachers fight continue to battle with the school board over changes to benefits and pay, we’ll take a close look at how teaching in the U.S. became so controversial. We’ll get an update on local tensions, and examine how we got from genteel 19th century common schools to one-room frontier schools to the Teach for America program and beyond
August 21, 2014
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.
July 31, 2014
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 weâ€™ll hear from both sides, and discuss the future of standardized education in Ohio.
July 15, 2014
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.
August 6, 2013
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