Public Education Matters

The Ohio Children's Budget Coalition's Vision of Child Wellbeing - Season 3, Episode 23
As Ohio's lawmakers get to work molding the governor's budget outline into their plan for the state's finances for the next two years, dozens of Ohio organizations and agencies are working together to shape the conversation in the statehouse and ensure Ohio's children remain a top priority. A co-leader of the Ohio Children's Budget Coalition joins OEA for this episode to explain how all of our coalition partners are working to achieve important goals like implementing the Fair School Funding Plan, addressing educator shortages, and much more. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ISSUES | Click here to read the Ohio Children's Budget Coalition's biennial budget issue book, "Creating a Vision of Child Well-Being For Ohio," or to read any of the individual policy briefs.  

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Featured Education Matters guest: 
  • Matthew Tippit, Ohio Children's Budget Coalition co-leader
    • Matthew Tippit is a Policy Associate at Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. He holds both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and is a licensed Social Worker. 
    • Prior to his graduate work, Matthew developed an interest in children’s issues through mentorship programs and an internship within Columbus City Schools. These issues are what moved him toward policy work instead of traditional Social Work positions During and after his graduate work, he worked for the Ohio House of Representatives with State Representative Brigid Kelly where he helped draft legislation and handled constituent outreach and casework. Matthew is passionate about influencing a wide range of policies that will impact the whole child which led him to his current position at Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. At CDF-Ohio he co-leads the Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition, manages CDF-Ohio’s KID Count Data Center and focuses on Democracy Defense policies.”
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  • The Ohio Education Association represents about 120,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals who work in Ohio’s schools, colleges, and universities to help improve public education and the lives of Ohio’s children. OEA members provide professional services to benefit students, schools, and the public in virtually every position needed to run Ohio’s schools.
  • Education Matters host Katie Olmsted serves as Media Relations Consultant for the Ohio Education Association. She joined OEA in May 2020, after a ten-year career as an Emmy Award winning television reporter, anchor, and producer. Katie comes from a family of educators and is passionate about telling educators' stories and advocating for Ohio's students. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband and two young children.
This episode was recorded on February 8, 2023.

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