Westerville Police Officer Carrie O'Neil conducts a D.A.R.E. class at Emerson Elementary
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

It started in the 1980’s as part of First Lady Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No to Drugs Program.”

Now Ohio schools are re-evaluating the Drug Abuse Resistance Program or D.A.R.E. Within the past decade the number of DARE officers has dropped dramatically in Ohio schools.

10:00 Ohio State recently named its 15th president, Dr. Michael Drake, who currently serves as chancellor of University of California Irvine. This hour we'll talk about the challenges facing Drake and other presidents of large public universities. Guests

  • Collin Binkley, Higher Education Reporter at The Columbus Dispatch
  • Muriel Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Jack Stripling, Senior Reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Job Creation and Higher Ed

Jan 28, 2014

10:00 Time was when a high school education could get an Ohioan a pretty good job in a factory, or working in a mine. But some point to the new "knowledge economy" as a sign we need to invest more in colleges and universities. Ohio's job creation numbers are some of the lowest in the nation, and this hour we'll discuss the link between jobs and higher ed. Guests

Columbus City School Levy Follow-Up

Nov 6, 2013

10:00 The Columbus City Schools levy went down hard yesterday, with nearly 70 percent of the voters rejecting the proposed property tax increase. This hour, we look at how the election results will affect Columbus City Schools. Guests

10:00 Election Day is approaching, and we're taking a look at one controversial issue that will be on the ballot for Columbus voters. This hour we'll discuss the Columbus schools levy, school reform and what it could mean for parents, teachers, students and citizens. Guests

10:00 This hour we'll sit down with OSU's interim president, Joseph Alutto, for a discussion of  his hopes for the university as he sits at the helm for the next few months. Alutto recently described leading the school during a period of uncertainty and expressed an interest in increasing the OSU brand. We'll ask him more about academics, safety, and the search for a permanent president. Guests

  • Joseph Alutto, OSU's interim president

10:00 Most glossy college brochures don't include statistics on the school's rates of binge drinking, but the NIH says alcohol abuse on campuses is costing the country big time-- in dollars and in lives. This hour we'll look at how Universities are curbing the trend. We'll also take a look at the power of money to motivate good health habits, and the effect of the doctor shortage on the healthcare mandate. Guests

Picking a College President

Aug 29, 2013

10:00 It's a time of transition for Ohio colleges and universities. Kent State and the University of Akron will bid farewell to their presidents next summer, as will several community colleges, and OSU has hired a consulting firm to help with their current presidential search. This hour we'll look at the changing role of university presidents, and discuss whether schools should be run more like Wal Mart or the Red Cross.   Guests

Back to School Creativity

Aug 20, 2013

10:00 Kids may be a little mopey this time of year, but there's no reason they should dread the start of a new semester. This hour we'll talk about how to keep kids engaged in learning, especially when vacation memories are fresh on their minds. And the Columbus city schools interim superintendent will stop by to discuss what's coming up for the district. Guests

  • Dr. Dan Good, interim superintendent of Columbus city schools
  • Mimi Chenfeld, author and educator

10:00 Kids whose parents take an active role in their child's education do better in school. But navigating the parent-teacher relationship can be tricky for both sides, in an era of helicopter parents on one hand and vast economic inequality on the other. This hour we'll talk about who should be involved in the education equation, and how to help students succeed. Guests

Education for the Disabled

Aug 6, 2013

10:00 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 some believe 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. Guests

Columbus School Levy: Voters Decide

Jul 29, 2013

11:00 The Columbus Board of Education recently voted to include a property tax hike question on the November ballot. If approved, it would raise taxes about $315 per year per $100,000 of property, which would help charter schools, expand classrooms, upgrade equipment and more. This hour we'll talk about the levy, its supporters and detractors. Guest

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.