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Our next forum:
Thursday October 26, 2017
“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance”
Session #1: Ohio Campaign Spending/Finance Laws
Session #2: Alternative Campaign Funding Models Current Used in Other States and Communities
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Court Room, 1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
9:30am-11:30am Free and Open to the Public.

Teaching Cleveland News Network
News From Around Ohio and the U.S. 
of Interest to Northeast Ohio


Doing urban history in Cleveland-a personal reflection: Todd Michney (10/19/2017) The Metropole

Video from “Home Rule” forum at Lakewood Library (10/17/2017)

Redistricting ‘reform’ brought to you by Ohio GOP leaders scared of a ballot issue: editorial (10/11/2017) Cleveland.com

Why Ohio’s recent effort to update its constitution fell short: Steven H. Steinglass (10/8/2017) Cleveland.com

“People were saying nice things about Cleveland again”: reflecting on Carl Stokes and city image by J. Mark Souther (10/5/2017) Metropole

Housing Dynamics in Northeast Ohio: Setting the Stage for Resurgence by Thomas Bier (September 2017) Cleveland State

Video from “Race and infant mortality in NE Ohio: why are black babies dying more and what can be done” forum (9/27/2017)

Why a Cleveland Church Group Challenged Big Stadium Money by Daniel J. McGraw (9/26/2017) Next City

Why the Midwest can’t afford new cuts to immigration (9/26/2017) Chicago Business

Video from “Ohio Board of Education” forum (9/25/2017)

Shock swept nation when My Lai massacre photos first published by The Plain Dealer (9/24/207) Plain Dealer

Video from “Ohio Drug Price Act-Issue 2” forum (9/19/2017)

How to Save a Dying Suburb (9/19/2017) CityLab

On the 40th anniversary of “Black Monday 9/19/1977-an oral history by Vince Guerrieri (9/19/2017) Belt

Community Discussion – Politics, Facts and Compromise: Will It Happen? (9/17/2017) Video from 1st Unitarian Church

Reconsidering Dennis Kucinich 40 years after his Cleveland mayoral run: Richard M. Perloff (9/17/2017) Cleveland.com

Cleveland’s rich industrial past inspired the arts: PD 175 (9/17/2017) Plain Dealer

Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city (9/13/2017) Brookings

Nonprofits dominate Pittsburgh’s economy, development and government (9/11/17) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How the Group Plan of 1903 molded Cleveland (9/7/2017) Plain Dealer

Cleveland’s obsession with gentrification is worryingly premature by Alex Baca (9/5/2017) Cleveland Magazine

National City Bank to Marble Room: A visual history of Cleveland’s storied bank building (9/5/2017) Cleveland.com

Video from the Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum (8/30/2017) Cleveland Public Library

Video from “The Election for Mayor: A discussion about the future of Cleveland” forum (8/29/2017)

There’s Something the Matter With Ohio Too (8/29/2017) Bloomberg


Mayor Frank Jackson, challenger Zack Reed spar in contentious Cleveland mayoral debate at the City Club (10/19/2017) Cleveland,com

Cleveland Mayoral debate between Mayor Frank Jackson and Councilman Zach Reed (10/19/2017) City Club of Cleveland Video

Red, blue political split widens between Ohio’s urban, rural areas (10/18/2017) Cleveland.com

A Highway Runs Through It. The demolition of the FirstEnergy plant presents Cleveland a unique opportunity to return neglected Gordon Park to its glory days, but a few obstacles stand in the way (10/18/2017) Cleveland Scene

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture To Cut Grant Funding 20 Percent (10/17/2017) Ideastream

Will Ohio Voters Enshrine Crime Victims’ Rights in State Constitution? (10/17/2017) Governing

Ohio’s high school graduation “crisis” has eased – some (10/17/2017) Plain Dealer

State’s largest pension system considers benefit cuts (10/16/2017) Dayton Daily News

BioEnterprise to oversee struggling Global Center for Health Innovation (10/16/2017) Cleveland.com

High-school partnerships help Ohio’s community colleges grow enrollment (10/15/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Cleveland hospitals gauging effect of Trump ending insurance subsidies (10/13/2017) Plain Dealer

Mayor Jackson’s bid to block low-scoring charter schools from city is denied by state (10/14/2017) Cleveland.com

Putting a renewed focus on mental health in Cleveland (10/12/2017) Plain Dealer

Budget prognosticators stymied over Ohio drug issue #2 (10/11/2017) Toledo Blade

Cleveland’s One University Circle apartment tower already is landing some lofty tenants (10/11/2017) Plain Dealer

Ohio’s 100 top high schools ranked for 2017 (10/11/2017) Cleveland.com

How Cuyahoga County is balancing its 2018-2019 budget (10/10/2017) Cleveland.com

Groups urge faster action to reduce algae in Lake Erie (10/10/2017) Toledo Blade

Plastic Bag Fee Proposed in Cuyahoga County (10/9/2017) Cleveland Scene

Numbers indicate that Ohio is actually making money on Medicaid expansion (10/9/2017) Columbus Dispatch

Infant deaths increased in Ohio in 2016 for second consecutive year (10/6/2017) Plain Dealer

CWRU Study Aims to Find New Ways to Tackle Cleveland Food Deserts (10/5/2017) Ideastream

Why is Lake Erie covered in 700 square miles of green slime? (10/4/2017) Dayton Daily News

State control could be coming for East Cleveland, Warrensville Heights schools (10/3/2017) Plain Dealer

Free bus passes for workers: Columbus’s big idea to relieve a congested downtown (10/3/2017) The Guardian

Ohio EPA, Army Corps of Engineers collaborate to prevent future Cuyahoga River dredging face-offs (10/2/2017) Cleveland.com

Greater Cleveland attracted 18 million visitors in 2016, another record (10/2/2017) Plain Dealer

Cleveland is growing from inside out, with room to add 130,000 on East Side: CSU report (10/2/2017) Plain Dealer

Ohio education officials losing faith in report cards for schools, districts (10/1/2017) Plain Dealer

News Aggregator “Feature” Archives 2017

News Aggregator “News” Archives 2017


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Important Upcoming Live Events

Important Upcoming Live Events
All are free and open to the public.
Please contact if you have questions about any of these events or would like to be added to our mailing list for future forums.

Wednesday October 25, 2017
Come out and meet your neighbors working to
end gerrymandering in Ohio!
The BottleHouse Brewing Co. 2050 Lee Rd, Cleve Hts 44118
7:00-9:00 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Thursday October 26, 2017
“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance”
Session #1: Ohio Campaign Spending/Finance Laws
Session #2: Alternative Campaign Funding Models Current Used in Other States and Communities
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Court Room, 1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
9:30am-11:30am Free and Open to the Public.
(CLE credit available for $30)

Thursday November 16, 2017
“A look at the political crystal ball for 2018”
moderated by Andrew Tobias, Cleveland.com
Parma Snow Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library 2121 Snow Road, Parma 44134
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

All open to the public. Please contact if you have questions about any of these events: teachingcleveland@earthlink.net

Most of these are co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer plus Heights, Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems and City of Solon. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

The Cleveland Catholic series is co-sponsored by John Carroll University-Institute of Catholic Studies, The Carroll News and Teaching Cleveland Digital


“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance” Thursday October 26, 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance”
Flyer here

Donald C. Brey                                        Donald J. McTigue

Session #1: Ohio Campaign Spending/Finance Laws
▪ Donald C. Brey, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
▪ Donald J. McTigue, McTigue and Colombo

Catherine Turcer                  Cyndra Miller-Cole

Session #2: Alternative Campaign Funding Models Current Used in Other States and Communities
▪ Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio
▪ Cyndra Miller-Cole,  The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The University of Akron

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Court Room,
1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
9:30am-11:30am Free and Open to the Public.
CLE credit available for $30. Register for CLE here with CMBA

Program cosponsored by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland

The Best of Teaching Cleveland

Teaching Cleveland Stories

Tom L. Johnson, America’s Best Mayor video

“Cleveland: The City on the Hill 1901-1909” by Hoyt Landon Warner*****

Cleveland in the 1960s by Mike Roberts

Rockefeller in Cleveland by George Condon*

Confession of a Reformer by Frederick Howe (Tom Johnson chapter)**

Regional Government vs Home Rule by Joe Frolik

Cleveland: Economics, Images and Expectations by Dr. John J. Grabowski

Survival – Man and Boy. A story about Lorrenzo Carter from “The Cuyahoga” by William Donohue Ellis*

Making of a Mayor – The Election of Carl Stokes***

Mark Hanna Vs. Tom Johnson by George Condon*

Water by Brent Larkin

Success By Design: The Schreckengost Legacy (video)

Biography of Newton D. Baker by Prof. C. H. Cramer****

African-American Heritage Trail in Cleveland***

Cleveland’s Johnson: The Cabinet by Eugene C. Murdock*****

The Ohio Canal Movement by Harry N. Scheiber*****

The Power Brokers – Glory Days of the Political Bosses by Brent Larkin***

*from Cleveland Memory/CSU Special Collections

**from Kent State Press

***from the Plain Dealer

****from Archive.org

*****from the Ohio Historical Society

*****Ohio State University Press

Teaching Cleveland Stories

Cleveland 1912: Civitas Triumphant By Dr. John Grabowski

Mark Hanna: The Clevelander Who Made a President By Joe Frolik

Rockefeller’s Right-Hand Man: Henry Flagler By Michael D. Roberts

Cleveland’s Original Black Leader: John O. Holly By Mansfield Frazier

The Heart of Amasa Stone By John Vacha

Frederic C. Howe:  Making Cleveland the City Beautiful (Or At Least Trying) by Marian Morton

Bill Veeck: The Man Who Conquered Cleveland and Changed Baseball Forever By Bill Lubinger

When Cleveland Saw Red By John Vacha

Maurice Maschke: The Gentleman Boss of Cleveland by Brent Larkin

Inventor Garrett Morgan, Cleveland’s Fierce Bootstrapper  by Margaret Bernstein

How Cleveland Women Got the Vote and What They Did With It  by Marian Morton

One Man Can Make a Difference by Roldo Bartimole

The Election That Changed Cleveland Forever by Michael D Roberts

Deferring Dreams: Racial and Religious Covenants in Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland, 1925 to 1970 By Marian Morton

Cyrus Eaton: Khruschev’s Favorite Capitalist By Jay Miller

Ray Shepardson: The Man Who Relit Playhouse Square By John Vacha

Bertha Josephine Blue By Debbi Snook

The Scourge of Corrupt and Inefficient Politician: The Citizens League of Greater Cleveland By Marian Morton

The Man Who Saved Cleveland By Michael Roberts and Margaret Gulley

“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities. Should it be stronger or weaker?” October 17, 2017 @ Lakewood Main Library

“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities.
Should it be stronger or weaker?”
Tuesday October 17, 2017
moderated by Tom Beres/WKYC-TV emeritus
Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH
6:30-8:00 p.m. Free & Open to the Public
Tom Bier, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

A. Langhenry, Director of Law, City of Cleveland
Gary Singletary, Chief Counsel, City of Cleveland

Thomas Suddes, Columnist, Cleveland.com/Columbus Dispatch/Dayton Daily News
Michael Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood
This forum will cover the pros and cons of an issue that impacts Northeast Ohio communities almost every day. Who has the right to control laws regarding Gun Control, Fracking, Police, Schools, and many other issues. Should it be local communities? Or should the Ohio legislature set the laws for your city. 

In addition, some have argued that strong Home Rule laws in Ohio have contributed to sprawl and other public policy that may be damaging to Northeast Ohio as a whole

Tom Beres
Cosponsored by Lakewood Public Library, Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.
For more information, please email: teachingcleveland@earthlink.net

What’s New on Teaching Cleveland Digital

The Election for Mayor: A discussion about the future of Cleveland, a forum moderated by Leila Atassi, Plain Dealer Aug 29, 2017 (Video)

“Shaker Square: Its past, present and future” forum moderated by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer July 25, 2017 (Video)

Cleveland Day (July 22)

Jean Murrell Capers (1913-2017)

Local Public Policy Issue Forums 2015-2017 (Video)

A brief history of the Ohio income tax by Michael F. Curtin 2/15/2017

“Wildlife in Northeast Ohio: why can’t we all just get along?” forum moderated by Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer July 17, 2017 (Video)

The Best of 2016

“Voter Registration in Ohio” by Michael Curtin

“Fracking and the Impact of the Utica Shale on Ohio” a forum on May 16, 2017

Two “Northeast Ohio Regionalism” Forums:
Regionalism on the Westside 11.15.16 (video)

Regionalism on the Eastside 8.18.2016 (video)

“Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River” a panel moderated by Jim McCarty 9.15.16 (video)

“Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio” a panel moderated by Thomas Suddes 8.25.2016 (video)

Her Father’s Daughter: Flora Stone Mather and Her Gifts to Cleveland by Dr. Marian Morton

“The Paradox of Progress in Tremont, Ohio” by Dawn Ellis

“The Western Reserve’s Self-Made President” by Grant Segall

Video From the Regionalism Forum with County Executive Armond Budish, Regional Coordinator Eddy Kraus and Moderator Tom Beres (6.17.15)

“The President From Canton” by Grant Segall

“Gerrymandering. The Art of Fixing Elections” by Michael F. Curtin

Video From The Newton D. Baker Symposium (April 19, 2015)

Remarks By Thomas F. Campbell @ Newton D. Baker’s Induction Into The City Club’s Hall of Fame (5.18.87)

A Rebel With A Cause: Norm Krumholz and “Equity Planning” in Cleveland by Robert Brown

“Drawing the Line on Politics” – Political Cartoons in Cleveland History” written by John Vacha; web design by Alan Luntz

Residual Neighbors: Jewish-African American Interactions in Cleveland From 1900-1970 by John Baden
Part 1: “Getting By Together 1900-1938”

Part 2: “Neighbors Then Strangers Postwar-1970”

“Why Political Debates Matter” by Michael F. Curtain

“The Scourge of Corrupt and Inefficient Politicians: The Citizens League of Great Cleveland” by Marian Morton

Interview With Louis Stokes, Former U.S. Congressman 1969-1999 (Video)

“How Reform is Changing Healthcare in Northeast Ohio: a Panel Discussion” (Video)

“The Civic Awakening of Beachwood” by Mark Naymik

Interview With Senator George Voinovich, Cleveland Mayor From 1980 – 1989 (Video)

“A Time of Transition and Challenge: The Gilded Age in Cleveland” by Dr. John J. Grabowski

Interview With George L. Forbes, Cleveland City Council President From 1973 – 1989 (Video)

Newton D. Baker: Cleveland’s Greatest Mayor by Thomas Suddes

They Also Ran: The Women Who Would Be Mayor, 1961 to 1997″ By Dr. Marian Morton

“The Election That Changed Cleveland Forever” by Michael D. Roberts

Mayor Michael R. White Interview – Cleveland Mayor From 1990 – 2002 (video)

“The Best Barber in America” by John Vacha

“Cleveland: City on a Schedule” Remarkable Documentary Made in 1957 and Hosted at Cleveland Memory (video)

“Annexation and Mayor Sensenbrenner: How Columbus Grew to be the Largest City in Ohio” by Alexander Tebben

“The History of Term Limits in Ohio” By Michael F. Curtin

“Race and infant mortality in Northeast Ohio” forum moderated by Brie Zeltner, Plain Dealer Sept 27, 2017

“Race and infant mortality in NE Ohio:
why are black babies dying more and what can be done”

Wednesday September 27, 2017
moderated by: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer
Heights Library Main Branch
2345 Lee Road 44118
7-8:30 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Event link here   Event flyer here   Preview story

The video is here

Christin Farmer, Executive Director, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Kentra Harris, Parent/Mother and Client

Dr. Arthur R. James, The Ohio State Univ., Interim Exec Director Kirwin Institute, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Cancelled)

Angela Newman White, Supervisor, Maternal and Child Health Program, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Brie Zeltner, Reporter, The Plain Dealer

Brie Zeltner, Plain Dealer

Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com plus Cleveland Hts/University Hts Library System

Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.
For more information, email: teachingcleveland@earthlink.net

THE OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION aka The State School Board a forum on Monday Sept 25


aka The State School Board
How can they help us? How can we help them?

NEW DATE: Monday, September 25, 2017 7–8:30 pm (formerly Aug 22)
Free & Open to the Public Shaker Heights Main Library
16500 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120

The flyer is here   Library link is here

Video from forum is here:

Meryl Johnson, Member, Board of Education

Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senator (R-6) Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Education

Mary Rose Oakar, Former Member, Board of Education

The purpose of this program is to let parents and the entire community know what the State Board of Education does, its relationship to the Ohio legislature and most importantly, how the public can help our elected officials, on both the State School Board and the legislature be more effective.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Shaker Heights Public Library
FOR MORE INFORMATION: teachingcleveland@earthlink.net