July 8, 2015

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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 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…

Co-conspirator describes shooting at trial

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ELYRIA — Jordan Williams smashed out the driver’s side window of Antonio Spraggins’ borrowed Chevrolet Equinox and fired three shots, two men who were with Williams the night Spraggins died testified Tuesday in Williams’ murder trial. But Andre Jackson, who took a plea deal in the case and is serving 18 years in prison, and 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…

Implications of Supreme Court ruling unknown for proposed NRG pipeline

It isn’t yet clear if a recent Supreme Court ruling will affect the NRG Energy pipeline project but the company says it will continue to comply with the federal Environmental Protection Agency rules while a lower court revisits the case. NRG has plans to convert the coal-burning power plant in Avon Lake to natural gas Read More…

Junior fair board finds creative solution to bird ban

WELLINGTON — Live birds are banned at the Lorain County Fair this year, but that doesn’t mean the fair will be poultry-free. The Lorain County Junior Fair board is working to bring in as many stuffed dead birds as they can to replace the real thing. The decision to turn to taxidermy comes after the Read More…

Holiday weekend schedule

Fourth of July fireworks are seen at Lakeside Landing during Port Fest in Lorain on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Lorain County courts and government offices will be closed Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Most city governments will be closed Friday, too. There will be no delays in trash pickup this week for customers served by Republic Services and Rumpke. In Elyria, trash will be picked up on Friday as scheduled as Read More…

Congregations offer support, solidarity to Elyria church

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ELYRIA — Before smoke from the fire that ravaged College Heights Baptist Church dissipated, the Rev. Darrell Deer learned just how connected the faith network is in Lorain County. His phone has been ringing nonstop with fellow pastors and congregants of other churches offering prayers and facilities in the wake of a fire that caused Read More…