Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio about a recent survey that the liberal-leaning think tank did of Ohio's schools. The state's 600-plus school districts have been hit with a two-year $1.8 billion cut in funding. That means their state aid has dropped to 2003 levels. Policy Matters estimates that Ohio has 2,500 fewer teachers in the classroom as a result. Districts are reluctant to ask for more local money from voters and instead are cutting their budgets in unprecedented ways.
Full episode of WYSO Weekend for January 22, 2012 containing the following stories:
-An extended interview with Dr. Celia Williamson about human trafficking in Ohio. A portion of this interview appeared in Sarah Buckingham and Liz Cambron's story, Child Sex Trafficking: A Statewide Problem, which aired last week on WYSO Weekend.
Alongside the Presidential nomination process, the most prominent American political news stories these days are about the heated, high-stakes struggles over redistricting. The modern era of reapportioning state and federal legislative districts began almost exactly a half century ago when the U.S. Supreme Court decided Baker v. Carr (1962).
Vice President Joe Biden plans to call attention to the high cost of college and the Obama administration's efforts to make it more affordable when he visits Ohio today.
Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are scheduled to visit Lincoln High School in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.
The trip is Biden and Duncan's second stop to a presidential battleground state in as many months to talk about college affordability. Both visited Florida last month. And Biden plans to travel to Pennsylvania tomorrow to discuss the issue.