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ECOT Controversy At Issue In Governor's Race

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
Associated Press

In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU Public Media, Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how for-profit charter schools will be a campaign issue heading into the November election for governor.

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In this week's episode:
Lesson Plans

Republican Mike DeWine recently released his education plan, which included fewer standardized tests and more job training.

Democrat Richard Cordray's plan would ban for-profit companies from operating charter schools in Ohio. That's a direct response to the ECOT scandal that Cordray will try to lay at DeWine's feet.

A Slap On The Wrist?

Issue 1 looks to cut jail time for low-level drug offenders and put more money into treatment efforts. It was supposed to be a bipartisan issue, but that is not the case.

Mike DeWine says it would treat drug dealers like people who were caught speeding and Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor says it would be a hidden disaster for Ohio.

John Kasich GPS

Our governor and Democratic US Senator Sherrod Brown traded sly compliments on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Mathews.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.