Archives: education policy

Dropout Prevention: Family, Community and Academic Success

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.

Teaching: A Look at a Controversial Profession

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

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