NE Ohio Public Policy Forums

Skyline of Cleveland at night with the lake in front

These engaging forums are held at various locations throughout the greater Cleveland area and focus on current public policy issues facing Northeast Ohio.

This series is co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Media Group plus Lakewood and Cuyahoga County Library Systems. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties, Ltd.

August 22, 2018|7-8:30 p.m.

As with weather, everyone talks about gerrymandering — drawing legislative districts to favor one party over another — but until recently, few in Ohio were prepared to do anything about it. Nonetheless, Ohio has recently reformed how its draws General Assembly districts — and reform of congressional “districting” is on some Columbus agendas.

Patrick O’Donnell
August 29, 2018|7-8:30 p.m.

This is an open discussion about the issues facing K-12 education this year and beyond.

Moderator: Patrick O’Donnell, Education Reporter, Plain Dealer

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

August 30, 2018|7-8:30 p.m.

The things that get “thrown out” are becoming a bigger problem both because of expense and also because of environmental damage. Diane Bickett will tell us about the trends in public policy, the economics of landfills and recycling efforts and how we can limit the damage that we are doing to our planet.

Peter Krouse
September 12, 2018|7-8:30 p.m.

Moderator: Peter Krouse,

Experts will discuss the history, present and future, of attempts to reduce gun violence in Northeast Ohio.

Harry Boomer
September 13, 2018|7-8:30 p.m.

Lower turnout levels are a danger to our democracy... how do we turn it around?

Moderator: Harry Boomer, Channel 19

Video of Previous Forums:

8/29/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Election for Mayor: A discussion about the future of Cleveland"

3/21/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Impact of State Budget Cuts on Northeast Ohio Communities"

1/31/17 | Public Policy Forum, "The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland. How could this happen? Should it?"

11/17/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland

11/15/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Relationship Between Cleveland Police and the Community"

10/13/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Marijuana Legalization in Ohio"

9/15/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River"

8/25/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio

5/17/16 | Public Policy Forum, "2016 Republican National Convention: What's it mean to Cleveland?"

5/16/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Cleveland's Radio Superstars"

2/9/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Cuyahoga County Waterfronts and Neighborhood Development"

1/19/16 | Public Policy Forum, "Your Money, Your Healthcare: Accessing Quality Treatment at a Time of Rapid Change"

10/7/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Housing Crisis in Northeast Ohio--Where Are We in 2015?"

8/19/15 | Public Policy Forum, "How to Become an Education Activist in Northeast Ohio"

7/29/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Land Use in Cuyahoga County"

6/17/15 | Public Policy Forum, "Regional Cooperation or How to Get 59 Civic Entities to Play Together"