July 4, 2015

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David Hall named new Oberlin Schools superintendent

OBERLIN — David Hall, assistant superintendent of Lorain Schools who is serving as the district’s interim superintendent, was tapped as the new Oberlin Schools superintendent Wednesday night. The Board of Education made the unanimous decision Wednesday after an extensive search in the months after the death of John Schroth in April. With help from the Read More…

State budget increases education allocations

The new budget provides more than $10 billion annually for primary and secondary education. It increases per-pupil funding in the school funding formula from $5,800 in Fiscal Year 2015 to $5,900 in FY16 and $6,000 in FY17. The budget also increases funding for special education, K-3 literacy and career-technical education. A new component in the Read More…

State Legislature pulls plug on PARCC

Parents pulled their kids out of state testing in droves last year, and lawmakers Tuesday pulled state and federal funding for the heavily criticized PARCC tests with the passage of the new state biennial budget. Now, the edict to state education officials is to find reading and math assessments that are shorter and can be Read More…

School officials say new Lorain High project on track

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LORAIN — The $72 million new Lorain High School is on budget and on schedule to open in August 2016, Lorain Schools officials said during a Wednesday tour. Contractors face daily penalties of up to $1,000 if they miss deadlines, but Jeff Hawks, school district executive director of operations, said no deadlines have been missed. Read More…

New rules aimed at shutting down fraudulent career training schools

WASHINGTON — Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out “impatient” individuals who have “few people in their lives who care about them.” Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line. In the two decades since trade schools started popping up on U.S. stock exchanges to Read More…

New Keystone Elementary School nearing completion

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LAGRANGE — The final piece in a 12-year plan to create a mega-campus for Keystone Schools is nearly complete. “We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve got,” Superintendent Franco Gallo said Tuesday as he gave an informal tour of the district’s new $16 million elementary school, which is nearing completion. The school will serve Read More…

Landmark affirmative action case argued by Oberlin College’s Krislov

Colleges will be paying close attention to a Supreme Court case this fall that will once again take up the consideration of race during the college admissions process. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear for a second time the case of Abigail Fisher, a white student who was denied admission to the Read More…

Elyria Schools treasurer leaving for Avon post

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ELYRIA — The Elyria school district is on the hunt for a new treasurer. Katie Henes, who has been with the district since 2004, resigned Tuesday, said Amy Higgins, Elyria Schools spokeswoman. The resignation is effective July 31. Henes is leaving Elyria to serve as treasurer of Avon Schools. In that role, Henes will oversee Read More…

New Lorain superintendent: Pending law doesn’t deter him from job

LORAIN — Incoming Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said Monday pending state legislation that could cause him to be fired in two years didn’t make him reluctant to accept the job. Graham was hired Wednesday as the Legislature passed a bill, soon to be signed by Gov. John Kasich, in which unelected CEOs and academic commissions run Read More…

Lorain Schools janitors challenge firing for alleged OT theft

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School janitors say they were fired after being falsely accused of stealing overtime in a case that they say has racial overtones. Bill Kopp said he was the lead janitor at the school before being fired April 9 after being accused of stealing a combined 10 hours of overtime on Read More…