Posted on 01/18/17
Ohio schools slip in national rankings as disparity between rich and poor districts grows
Ohio’s education system will continue to falter unless we narrow the widening achievement gap between rich and poor districts. The question is: will we find the political will to adequately fund the solutions?
This work gained more urgency after Education Week released its “Quality Counts” report in 2016. The report shows Ohio’s education system tumbled from ranking fifth out of 50 states in 2011 to 23rd place in 2015.
The achievement gap loomed large over two important gatherings I recently attended: the Ohio School Boards Association’s annual Capital Conference... read more
Posted on 01/06/17 in Work & Wages
Caught between work and childcare, families with kids under 5 more likely to be poor
Photo from Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expectant parents working in Washington DC had an extra reason to celebrate last month. The City... read more
Posted on 12/20/16 by Amy Hanauer in Work & Wages
The amazing new Race Anthology: Dispatches and artifacts from a segregated city features a comic strip, poetry, interviews and essays, including this essay by Policy Matters Executive Director Amy Hanauer. Written before the election and... read more
Posted on 12/14/16 by Amanda Woodrum in Transit
[A slew of Ohio organizations jointly sent a statement to Governor Kasich on Wednesday, December 14, requesting that the Governor address Ohio’s staggering underfunding of mass transit. This blog excerpts most of what they requested... read more
Posted on 12/12/16
Nearly 1 million Ohioans could lose their healthcare if the Affordable Care Act is repealed
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a huge difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Some of the... read more
Posted on 11/18/16 by Michael Shields in Education & Training
Cleveland expands its program and Cincinnati and Dayton approve preschool for all
Communities across Ohio are recognizing the vital need for preschool as an early learning foundation and coming up with innovative solutions to deliver quality... read more
Posted on 11/17/16 by Hannah Halbert in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Policy Matters Ohio joins workers in testimony to the Joint Committee on Unemployment Compensation Reform.
I’m a coal miner’s daughter. In the boom years, we were lucky enough to take a summer vacation. We’d drive to... read more
Posted on 10/27/16 in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
When jobs are widely available, almost everyone goes to work.
Many people who lose their jobs, unfortunately, aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits at all.
Most of those who are eligible for unemployment nonetheless return to work well... read more