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Welcome to The State of Our Schools, a podcast to explore and refine Ohio's future, Education. Each episode discusses pressing education policy topics in Ohio and features interviews with Ohio education experts. The Podcast host, Michael Collins is a Public Education Advocate working in the arena for 30+ years.

The State of Our Schools podcast is presented by Real Choice Ohio.

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Welcome to The State of Our Schools, a podcast to explore and refine Ohio's future, Education. Each episode discusses pressing education policy topics in Ohio and features interviews with Ohio education experts. The Podcast host, Michael Collins is a Public Education Advocate working in the arena for 30+ years.

The State of Our Schools podcast is presented by Real Choice Ohio.

    Passing School Levies in the COVID-19 Era

    Passing School Levies in the COVID-19 Era

    On this episode, we will cover the ins and outs of running a levy campaign during the COVID-19 era. Our featured guests include Jerry Rampelt, founder, and Andrea Kruse, Communications Director, of Support Ohio Schools.

    Support Ohio Schools is a non-profit that provides school districts with the resources, strategies, and data necessary to win Ohio levy campaigns. For more information, visit https://supportohioschools.com/.

    • 52 min
    Back To School Part 2

    Back To School Part 2

    Welcome back to the Back to School Series. This two-part series dives deep into the decision making process of reopening Ohio schools amidst a global pandemic. Part two features interviews with Joy McKarns, an Ohio teacher of the year finalist; Nancy Nestor-Baker, a Westerville City School Board Member, and Heather Powell, Associate Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Back to School Part 1

    Back to School Part 1

    Welcome to the first part of the Back to School Series. This two-part series will dive deep into the decision making process of reopening Ohio schools amidst a global pandemic. Part one features interviews with Chris Varwig, a Toledo Public School Board Member; Mary Ronan, Superintendent of Norwood City School District, and Kate King, Columbus City Schools Director of Health, Family & Community Services.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Combatting Student Poaching

    Combatting Student Poaching

    Today's episode discusses both Student Retention and Return tactics in Ohio Public Schools and methods private schools utilize to poach public school students. With featured interviews from Superintendent Melvin Brown and Public Education Advocate Susie Kaeser, we will uncover how Ohio's Public Education system is cheating tax payers and students through the Ohio Voucher Scheme.

    • 40 min
    Public Schools are the Best Option

    Public Schools are the Best Option

    In this episode, we will discuss how and why Ohio Public Schools are the best option and how Ohio's Voucher Program has eaten away at public school resources. This episode features interviews with Elizabeth Kirby, Superintendent of Cleveland Heights School District and Lori Lowe, Superintendent of Morgan Local School District. 

    • 43 min
    The Intrusion of Ohio's Voucher Program

    The Intrusion of Ohio's Voucher Program

    In this episode, we will discuss Ohio's Voucher program and how it devastates Ohio's entire public education system. This episode features interviews with Scott DiMauro, President of the Ohio Education Association and Stephen Dyer, Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio

    • 46 min

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