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How To Take Over A School District

New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.
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New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss proposed changes to how the state reforms schools with poor academic performance. Andy Chow, a reporter for the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau, joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on theWOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
School Daze

The state of Ohio has the power to take over failing school districts and replace leadership with a CEO and a Academic Distress Commission.  Taking local control away from schools is highly controvertial, and many lawmakers are seeking to amend the process.

There are three bills currently circulating at the Statehouse that could radically change how the state can intervene. This could have big implications for Columbus City Schools, which recieved an "F" on their most recent report card.

Meanwhile, the state's unconstitutional school-funding system may finally be getting an overhaul.

Snollygoster Of The Week

President Trump said he supports the idea of busing detained immigrants to so-called "sanctuary cities" in retaliation for the Democrats' unwillingness to cooperate with his agenda. Could Columbus be on his list?

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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