Upcoming Live Public Policy Forums

Upcoming Live Public Policy Forums
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 August 22, 2018
“A Forum on Voting Issues in Ohio”

Representative Kathleen Clyde (D), Ohio House District 75
Dr. David Cohen, Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Senator Frank LaRose (R), Ohio Senate District 27
Moderator: Thomas Suddes, Editorial Writer, Cleveland.com

CWRU Beachwood Facility: 25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood 44122
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Cosponsors: Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. CWRU Lifelong Learning, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland.
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate LTD

Wednesday August 29 7pm
moderated by Patrick O’Donnell Plain Dealer Education reporter
Cleve Hts High School small auditorium
13263 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Cosponsors: CH/UH PTA, Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. CWRU Lifelong Learning, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland.
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate LTD

Thursday August 30, 2018 7pm
why you cant “wish-cycle” your way to sustainable waste management 
Fairview Park Library 21255 Lorain Rd, Cleveland, OH 44126
A talk by Diane Bickett, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

Wednesday September 12, 2018
“How to Reduce Gun Violence in Ohio
CWRU Campus Tinkam Veale Center 7pm
moderated by Peter Krouse, Reporter, Cleveland.com

Cosponsors: Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. CWRU Lifelong Learning, LWV-GC. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate LTD

Thursday September 13, 2018
“Why should I vote? What’s at stake in the November election?”
Heights Public Library Main 7-8:30pm
2345 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
moderated by Harry Boomer, Channel 19
Cosponsored by NAACP-Cleveland Chapter, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland and Heights Public Libraries

Many 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
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

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


A Forum on Voting Issues in Ohio Wednesday August 22, 2018

The flyer is here
Wednesday August 22, 2018
“A Forum on Voting Issues in Ohio”

Representative Kathleen Clyde (D), Ohio House District 75
Dr. David Cohen, Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Senator Frank LaRose (R), Ohio Senate District 27
Moderator: Thomas Suddes, Editorial Writer, Cleveland.com

This forum will explore current voting and election issues in Ohio including early voting, voting by mail, voter registration, voter ID laws, removing voters from the rolls, gerrymandering, voting equipment and security and campaign finance laws.

Thomas Suddes, Cleveland.com

CWRU Beachwood Facility: 25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood 44122
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Cosponsors Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. CWRU Lifelong Learning, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland.
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate LTD

Ohio’s school report cards: What do they really tell us? a forum on August 29, 2018

Wednesday August 29, 2018 7:00-8:30pm

The flyer is here
“Ohio’s school report cards: What do they really tell us? What should they?:
A discussion about how we evaluate our schools”
moderated by Patrick O’Donnell, Plain Dealer Education Reporter

Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy | Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent Cleve Hts/Univ/ Hts Schools

Steven Dyer, Education Policy Fellow, Innovation Ohio

Lisa Woods member Ohio Board of Education (Medina area)

Cost: Free & Open to the Public
Cleveland Heights High School Small Auditorium
13263 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Patrick O’Donnell

Cosponsored by
Cleveland Heights-University Heights PTA, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer

Corporate sponsor: First Interstate, Ltd.

Ohio Gun Laws: What are our options? a forum on July 17, 2018

The flyer is here

The post summary of forum is here

The forum video is here

Tuesday July 17, 2018
“Ohio Gun Laws: What are our options?”
Heights Public Library Main 7-8:30pm

Representatives from:
League of Women Voters of Ohio Lobby Corps
Moms Demand Action
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
Ohioans for Gun Safety

moderated by
Darrielle Snipes, Ideastream/WCPN

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


Waste and Recycling in Cuyahoga County a talk on August 30, 2018

Waste and Recycling in Cuyahoga County or 

why you cant “wish-cycle” your way to sustainable waste management

Thursday August 30, 2018 7pm

A talk by Diane Bickett, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

Fairview Park Library
21255 Lorain Rd, Cleveland, OH 44126
Free and open to the public

Teaching Cleveland News

Ironworkers placing the last steel beam in the Sohio building (200 Public Square), which was completed in 1985 #ThisWasCLE

Our Next Public Policy Forum:
Wednesday August 22, 2018
“A Forum on Voting Issues in Ohio”
CWRU Beachwood Facility 7-8:30pm

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

Video from the “Ohio Gun Laws” forum 7/17/2018

Summary article from “Ohio Gun Laws” forum (7/18/2018) Cleveland.com

An Essay on the Failed Amazon Bid and the Defective Philosophy Undermining Cleveland’s Progress by Sam Allard (7/13/2018) Cleveland Scene

New Triennial Offers Artists the Canvas of Cleveland (7/11/2018) New York Times

States Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Solve Gerrymandering. In Ohio, voters ratified a bipartisan deal that gives the minority party more say in how congressional maps are drawn by Erick Trickey (7/7/2018) Politico

Cleveland’s bold new vision? Aim to become The Medical Capital: Baiju R. Shah (Opinion) (6/30/2018) Cleveland.com

Find out if you are in danger of being purged from Ohio’s registered voter list (6/27/2018) Cleveland.com

Let’s launch inclusively, collectively, our 2030 movement for Cleveland’s future: editorial (6/25/2018) Cleveland.com

Envision A More Vibrant Ohio (6/21/2018) WYSO

Cleveland’s Population Could Hinge on Keeping or Attracting Young People Once They Start Having Kids (6/20/2018) Cleveland Scene

Ohio’s voter purges are wrong and discriminatory. Flawed Supreme Court ruling requires Congress to clarify the law: editorial (6/13/2018) Cleveland.com

100 years of Cleveland editorial cartoons (6/12/2018) Cleveland.com

Jon. J. Pinney talks at City Club of Cleveland about Cleveland’s underperformance vs. other peer midwest markets (video) (6/8/2018)

“We’re Getting Out Butts Kicked” (news story about above City Club speech by Jon J. Pinney (6/8/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Deadlock over Ohio House speakership could delay updating election equipment: Thomas Suddes (6/2/2018) Cleveland.com

The nation’s freshwater coast is a key fulcrum for Rust Belt revival (5/31/2018) Brookings Institute

50 most influential Clevelanders of all time (5/22/2018) Cleveland.com

Video from the “Women in Politics: How to get more women to run for office in Ohio” moderated by Mary Kilpatrick, Cleveland.com (5/16/2018)

The Browns Are Talking About a New Stadium… But here’s what they really want, and why it probably won’t happen (5/16/2018) Cleveland Scene

Forum looks to find answers on how to get more women involved in politics (5/14/2018) Cleveland.com

A wind farm on Lake Erie? If only Ohio pols, and some environmental activists, too, would get out of the way. (5/8/2018) Belt

It’s time for an economic development summit in Cleveland (4/28/2018) Smart Busiuness

Video from the Single Payer/Universal Healthcare forum (4/25/2018)

Could universal healthcare work in the U.S.? Panel discussion is Wednesday (4/20/2018) Plain Dealer

Roldo’s Point of View The legacy of a Cleveland hell-raiser (4/18/2018) Cleveland Scene

Interviews with 6 Ohio Governor Candidates. For May 8, 2018 primary (April, 2018)


Peak Lake Erie algae season keeps scientists, politicians and lawyers busy (7/16/2018) Detroit Public TV

Supreme Court’s sales-tax ruling could mean millions for Ohio local governments (7/16/2018) Cleveland.com

Hunger afflicts kids in suburbs, too (7/15/2018) Columbus Dispatch

Dealing with another significant algal bloom (7/15/2018) Sandusky Register

Scuffles emerge over water Proposal could curtail what some cities consider price gouging (7/15/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Ohio senators confront devastation of pension crisis (7/14/2018) Columbus Dispatch

Tougher new graduation standards would have blocked a third – or even half – of diplomas in some urban areas (7/13/2018) Plain Dealer

Campaigns For Governor Come Out Swinging On Medicaid Expansion (7/13/2018) Statehouse News

Judge rules Columbus bump stock ban violates Ohio law (7/13/2018) CityBeat

State school report cards: Group wants Ohio to dump A-F letter grades (7/12/2018) Dayton Daily News

Kasich Signs Order That Could Set New Rules On Fertilizer Use To Stop Algae Blooms (7/11/2018) Ideastream

Ohio’s rainy day fund grows to nearly $2.7 billion (7/11/2018) Cleveland.com

New version of payday loan bill could make Ohio a national model, reform advocates say (7/11/2018) Cleveland.com

All 11 Cuyahoga County Council members sponsor proposed charter amendment granting subpoena power to inspector general (7/10/2018) Cleveland.com

Ohio teacher evaluations get an overhaul teachers like (7/1/2018) Columbus Dispatch

State will study effect of school ‘takeovers,’ but not halt them (6/29/2018) Plain Dealer

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson warns that Statehouse proposal on water rates would hurt region’s poorest residents (6/29/2018) Cleveland.com

Bills Changing Ohio’s Online Charter School System are Sent to Kasich’s Desk (6/28/2018) WKSU

Money in politics: Here’s a list of Ohio’s top political donors (6/28/2018) Cleveland.com

Ohio lawmakers OK $114.5 million for new voting machines (6/27/2018) Cleveland.com

Recycling answers hard to obtain amid contradictory information (6/27/2018) Plain Dealer

100K Ohio Kids Could Go Uncounted in 2020 Census (6/27/2018) Ideastream

Full shutdown at Davis-Besse to take decades (6/26/2018) Toledo Blade

Vote on Ohio’s ‘stand your ground’ bill delayed until fall (6/25/2018) Canton Repository

CBRE is Marketing the Scranton Peninsula as ‘Thunderbird,’ a Bespoke Cleveland Neighborhood (6/25/2018) Cleveland Scene

In Ohio, children of workplace immigration raids await their fate (6/24/2018) Associated Press

Ohio Has Become Ground Zero for ICE’s Workplace Raids (6/22/2018) Cleveland Scene

Columbus And Cincinnati Sued Over Gun Control Laws (6/21/2018) WOSU

Smart Corridor Could Forever Change Ohio Transportation (6/18/2018) GovTech

Ohio looks toward future of e-schools as ECOT assets are sold off (6/18/2018) Plain Dealer

Budish looks to refresh Cuyahoga County’s economic development plan (6/17/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

The state school board passed higher standards for the nearly 90 dropout intervention charter schools statewide (6/17/2018) Plain Dealer

Lakefront Erosion Causes Concern In Euclid (6/14/2018) Ideastream

What Cleveland is doing to protect Lake Erie from plastic pollution (6/14/2018) Cleveland.com

Emotional, leadership and critical thinking skills are officially equal goals for Ohio’s schools as math and English (6/13/2018) Plain Dealer

Budish-Backed County Code Would Prohibit Discrimination Based On Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation (6/12/2018) Ideastream

Trade war with Canada would be costly for export-driven Ohio economy (6/11/2018) Columbus Dispatch

Proposed Ohio BOE Recommendation Would End A-F Grades (6/10/2018) Ideastream

John Kasich, Rare Outspoken GOP Gerrymandering Critic, Faces A Test At Home (6/10/2018) Huffington Post

What about Solo cups and coffee lids? Recycling confusion cleared up in Cuyahoga County (6/10/2018) Plain Dealer

Ohio Lags In Spending On Students For Higher Education (6/9/2018) Patch

Northeast Ohio lacks vision, clear economic plan, some leaders say (6/8/2018) Plain Dealer

Major changes likely coming to Ohio’s child support system (6/7/2018) Dayton Daily News

After a two-month hiatus, Ohio House votes on a whopping 28 bills (6/7/2018) Columbus Dipsatch

Cleveland Public Schools Lost $39 Million to ECOT Since 2012, According to Report (6/7/2018) Cleveland Scene

ICE’s increased enforcement brings Trump’s immigration policies to northern Ohio (6/5/2018) Cleveland.com

Business, civic reps say Northeast Ohio has a leadership ‘vacuum’ (6/3/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

NBA Finals fatigue? Early returns on Cavs-Warriors Part IV say not exactly (6/3/2018) Washington Post

Downtown Columbus workers begin using free Cpass bus program (6/2/2018) Columbus Dispatch

New poll shows Sherrod Brown leading Senate race, Mike DeWine on top in governor’s (6/1/2018) Cleveland.com

Ohio to offer new driver’s licenses July 2 (6/1/2018) Columbus Dispatch

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete (6/1/2018) Plain Dealer

Developers update Cleveland City Council on lakefront plans (5/30/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

K&D strikes deal to buy 55 Public Square office tower, with mixed-use renovation plans (5/30/2018) Plain Dealer

Cleveland police recruitment plan says more women, minority officers needed to reflect city’s diversity (5/29/2018) Cleveland.com

Cuyahoga Community College trustees approved a nearly 10 percent tuition increase Thursday (5/24/2018) Cleveland.com

Bedrock’s May Co. building redo getting ready to roll (5/23/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Younger Ohioans Urged To Register And Vote, But Stats Show Historically, They Don’t (5/22/2018) Ideastream

FirstEnergy must guarantee nuclear clean up, environmental groups tell feds (5/22/2018) Plain Dealer

Have opioid deaths in Northeast Ohio finally crested? Evidence suggests yes  (5/21/2018) Cleveland.com

Shoreline Erosion: Changes threaten Lake Erie coast (5/19/2018) Sandusky Register

Lake Erie rescue project is boosted by construction of West Side tunnel (5/18/2018) Plain Dealer

Teacher pay varies widely across region (5/17/2018) Dayton Daily News

Scientists Say Lake Erie Toxic Algae Blooms Could Be Part of Climate Change Loop (5/16/2018) Cleveland Scene

Ohio Board of Education to Consider Delaying Overall Grades for School Districts (5/13/2108)

New plan shows how CWRU can grow within boundaries and be greener, more welcoming (5/13/2018) Plain Dealer

Here are the 9 most interesting storylines from this week’s Ohio primary election (5/11/2018) Cleveland.com

Mike DeWine wins Republican primary in Ohio governor’s race (5/9/2018) Clefveland.com

Cordray wins the Ohio Democratic governor’s primary (5/9/2018) Cleveland.com

Ohio votes to reform congressional redistricting; Issue 1 could end gerrymandering (5/9/2018) Cleveland.com

Ohio primary: Voters pick candidates for one of the year’s biggest governor races (5/8/2018) Washington Post

Report Finds Big Gaps in Regional Employer Needs, Employee Skills (5/8/2018) Cleveland Scene

Federal forecasters said Monday that this summer’s Lake Erie algal bloom could reach the size of last summer’s bloom–the 3rd-largest on record (5/7/2018) Plain Dealer

Ohio’s School Districts Struggle to Cover Lost Transportation Funding (5/7/2018) Cleveland Scene

The Browns Are Already Talking About a New Stadium or Major Renovations (5/3/2018) Cleveland Scene

Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering – Election preview (5/3/2018) Cleveland.com

Algal blooms harder to control because of climate change, other factors, data shows (5/1/2018) Toledo Blade

Closing FirstEnergy’s reactors will not destabilize grid, says PJM, but launches probe into future fuel security (4/30/2018) Plain Dealer

Ohio has ‘long way to go’ to solve Lake Erie’s algae problem, state officials say (4/30/2018) Columbus Dispatch

Ford’s Move to End Most U.S. Car Production Will Force Ohio Parts-Makers to Adjust (4/28/2017) WOSU

Communities across the state need to take more action to keep Lake Erie clean, Ohio EPA says (4/27/2018) News5

FirstEnergy Solutions definitely to close its nuclear power plants (4/25/2018) Plain Dealer

Issue 1 Could Remake How Ohio Draws Congressional Districts (4/23/2018) Ideastream)

Cleveland, Akron media shakeups bring job cuts (4/22/2018) Crain’s Cleveland Business

Why Cleveland Hopkins airport has more passengers, lower fares despite fewer destinations (4/22/2018) Cleveland.com

Worried, sick and weary, Puerto Rican families settle in Cleveland (4/20/2018) Cleveland.com

Greater Cleveland RTA ridership drops 9.5 percent to record low in 2017 (4/19/2018) Cleveland.com

Campaign for Ohio congressional redistricting reform is low-profile and low-budget (4/18/2018) Cleveland.com

Ohio legislators look to clamp down harder on communities that try to pass local gun restrictions (4/17/2019) Cleveland.com

Should school districts get an A-F grade? State report card overhaul debated (4/17/2018) Plain Dealer

Has the Cleveland Plan for school improvement stalled? Maybe not, but test scores have (4/15/2018) Plain Dealer

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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

Cleveland History Self Study: A 5 Week Syllabus of Recommended Essays

Cleveland Stories: An Informal Look at the City’s Past

A 5 Week essay-based syllabus suggested by Dr. Marian Morton, professor emerita at John Carroll University with expertise in Cleveland area history.

Overview: A discussion of some of Cleveland’s most interesting and important people, places, and events
Objective: To link the city’s past with its present policies, politics, and practices

Week 1. Introduction. Read Teaching Cleveland Stories (TCS)John J. Grabowski, “Cleveland: Economics, Images, and Expectations”

Week 2. TCS: Mike Roberts and Margaret Gulley, “The Man Who Saved Cleveland.” Elizabeth Sullivan, “Immigration”  John Vacha, “The Heart of Amasa Stone”; Joe Frolik, “Mark Hanna: The Clevelander Who Made a President”

Supplemental: TeachingCleveland.org: Timeline of Cleveland/NE Ohio; The Western Reserve, 1796-1820, and Pre-Industrial (Erie and Ohio Canals), 1820-1865 and The Industrial Revolution/ John D. Rockefeller/ Mark Hanna, 1865-1900

Week 3. TCS: John J. Grabowski, “Cleveland 1912 – Civitas Triumphant”; Joe Frolik, “Regional Government versus Home Rule”  John Vacha, “When Cleveland Saw Red”  Margaret Bernstein, ‘’Inventor Garrett Morgan, Cleveland’s Fierce Bootstrapper”  Marian Morton, “How Cleveland Women Got the Vote and What They Did With It”

Supplemental: TeachingCleveland.org: Progressive Era/Tom L. Johnson/ Newton D. Baker, 1900-1915 and Fred Kohler/City Managers/Political Bosses, 1920s and The Van Sweringens/ Depression … 1930s

Week 4. TCS: Thomas Suddes, “The Adult Education Tradition in Greater Cleveland”  Bill Lubinger, “Bill Veeck: The Man Who Conquered Cleveland and Changed Baseball Forever”  Jay Miller, “Cyrus Eaton: Khruschev’s Favorite Capitalist” Roldo Bartimole, “One Man Can Make a Difference”  Mike Roberts, “Cleveland in the 1960s” and “Cleveland in the 1970s”

Supplemental: TeachingCleveland.org: World War 2- Post War, 1940s; Carl Stokes- Civil Rights, 1960s and Ralph Perk-Dennis Kucinich, 1970s

Week 5TCS: Mike Roberts, “Cleveland in the 1980s” and “Cleveland in the 1990s” Supplemental: TeachingCleveland.org: “10 Greatest Clevelanders”; “12 Most Significant Events”; Cleveland Politician Interview Series (George Forbes, Jim Rokakis, Louis Stokes, George Voinovich, Michael R. White); Mike Roberts, “Cleveland in the 2000s

General questions: what is the main point of each article? Did you agree or disagree? What did you find most interesting? What would you add? Or subtract? 


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