11:00 Abigail Fisher's affirmative action lawsuit against the University of Texas Law School has drawn attention to the question of on-campus diversity. The US Supreme Court determined Fisher's case is best decided by a lower court, and this hour we'll examine the Court's (non-) decision. We'll talk about how diversity is measured, and what its value is in an academic setting. Guests

11:00 Three years ago, Ohio became the 45th state to adopt Common Core English and math standards for its schools. Though the Core was developed by school officers and governors from across the political spectrum, its detractors have voiced concerns over government overreach and left-leaning curricula.  This hour, we'll take a close look at the pros and cons of the Core's implementation in Ohio.


Temporary headquarters of Cristo Rey Columbus High School.
Debbie Holmes

Lower-income high school students who want to prepare for college and gain valuable job skills can apply to a new school set to open in Columbus this fall. It'€™s called Cristo Rey Columbus and it will be the 26th of its kind in the country. The school combines a religious education with work experience to help fight poverty.

Grading Ohio's College Graduation Rates

Apr 15, 2013

10:00 As part of his latest budget proposal, Governor Kasich promised to provide incentives for Ohio colleges with the highest graduation rates. Ohio State would see a $10 million increase; Bowling Green could face a $2.8 million cut. This hour of All Sides asks if degree completion is a mark of a university's quality, and if more degrees are the key to increasing our national standing.  Guests

What Does it Mean to Be a Great Teacher?

Jan 14, 2013

11:00 Teachers impact all of us, in many ways. On this hour, we'll talk about what it truly means to be a great teacher and how teachers get to that level. Guests

10:00 On Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps holds its annual National Day of Listening event. This year, they're asking Americans to take a few minutes to thank teachers for the impact they have on the lives of millions. On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about the importance of educators and how you can thank them during the National Day of Listening. Guest

11:00 Maria Montessori envisioned a classroom where students utilize movement, imagination, and creativity to develop the crucial skills like problem solving and critical thinking. The first Montessori school opened more than 100 years ago and it's methods are still used today. But since that time what's changed? On this hour, we talk about education philosophies. Guests

Student Loan Debt: How Much is Too Much?

Oct 31, 2011

11:00 Student loan debt and higher education... College is more expensive than ever. How much can students and their families afford and, with student loan debt outstripping credit card debt, how much is too much? Guests

  • Anya Kamenetz (author, "Generation Debt")
  • Heather Jarvis ('The Student Loan Ranger')
  • Natala Hart (Director, OSU Economic Access Initiative)

10:00 Do your children go to public schools, charter schools, or private schools? Why? On this segment of "All Sides with Ann Fisher," we'll be discussing charter schools... Do they work? Guests:

Merit Pay in Ohio Schools

Jul 19, 2011

Merit pay in Ohio Schools is in the process of being established. How should we rate our teachers and judge and reward their performance in the classroom? Guests:

  • Tim Dove (Teacher, Phoenix Middle School)
  • Kristan Van Hook (VP for Policy and Development, National Institute for Excellence in teaching)

10:00... On this segment of All Sides, we'll host a conversation with Paula Poundstone, a frequent guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me," and well-known stand-up comedian. 10:20... Even though most schools are out for the summer, we'll still meet with author and educator, Mimi Chenfeld, to talk about how creativity can be incorporated into learning. Learn how to teach your young ones, friends, family and yourselves creatively this summer. Guests:

Is Ohio "Cool" Enough?

Apr 20, 2011

Governor John Kasich says we’ve got to make Ohio “cool.â€? Do you think our state and city are “coolâ€? enough? Join us for a conversation about characteristics that make a place people want to live in. Is Ohio living up to these expectations? Or can it in the future? Watch: Governor John Kasich on Making Ohio "Cool"


Autistic Adults in the Workplace

Jan 12, 2011

As the first big wave of children diagnosed with autism and related disorders moves beyond high school, how do we prepare autistic young adults for employment or higher education? And how do we prepare the workplace to recognize the special talents and needs of these adults? Discussing these topics and more: Oakstone Academy Middle School and High School director of curriculum Dr.

Charter Schools

Oct 7, 2010

The academic performance and management of charter schools in Ohio, with Policy Matters Ohio senior researcher Piet van Lier, Hope Academy (Cleveland and Akron) board member Kurt Minson, Ohio Community School Consultants Ltd. president and CEO Brian Adams and Thomas B. Fordham Institute Ohio vice president for policy Terry Ryan.

New Drivers Education Techniques

Dec 8, 2009

New techniques being used to educate young drivers about emergency avoidance and safety, with Driver’s Edge founder/CEO Jeff Payne and Ohio Council of AA Clubs legislative director Ric Oxender.

Columbus City Schools

Nov 16, 2009

Educational issues affecting public schools in Central Ohio, with The Columbus Dispatch education reporter Jennifer Smith Richards.

Value of Extracurrcular Activities

Oct 14, 2009

The educational and community value of extracurricular activities such as sports and music programs, with The Columbus Dispatch education reporter Charlie Boss Ohio School Board Association communications deputy director Scott Ebright and Reynoldsburg City Schools superintendent Stephen Dackin.

Author Greg Mortenson talks about educator Jerene Mortenson's life and work in Tanzania.

Backers of charter schools are starting a statewide campaign to pressure Ohio's lawmakers into giving the non traditional schools more money in Ohio's budget. The first salvo is a full page newspaper ad and radio ads that will be aired on stations across the state. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

A new report shows the vast majority of Ohio's for profit charter schools are not accountable to the communities they serve and the students in those schools do not perform academically as well as their counterparts in public schools. But advocates for charter schools are taking issue with the report. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has both sides of the story.

Governor Strickland's new budget would give Ohio's public elementary, middle and high schools and additional $900 million over the next two years.

But some charter schools worry they will be losing money and might even have to shut their doors. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.