August 31, 2015

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Fresh start for Elyria Schools

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ELYRIA — First, the Elyria High School cheerleaders ran through the room, then mascot Petey Pioneer stormed the school’s Performing Arts Center. Lastly, the game-day football banner was unrolled on stage followed by new Elyria Schools Superintendent Tom Jama, who was flanked by dozens of new employees. Tuesday marked the first day of school for Read More…

Back to school

Elyria students are not the only ones returning to school today. This week marks the first day of classes for several Lorain County districts, including: Amherst — today Avon — Thursday Avon Lake — today Clearview — Started Tuesday Keystone — Started Monday Lorain — today North Ridgeville — Thursday Other districts start later this Read More…

Chamber of Commerce luncheon welcomes new county teachers

ELYRIA — Veteran teachers are leaving education now more than ever and often cite Common Core standards and high-stakes testing as the reason for such departures, but first-year teachers say they are ready to accept the demands of the ever-changing profession. “I want to inspire children,” said 24-year-old Jeremy Johnson, a first-year special education teacher Read More…

New bills in Congress would result in rewrite of No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON — No one thinks it’ll be easy, but the House and Senate are embarking on negotiations to merge two differing education bills that would rewrite the nation’s much-criticized No Child Left Behind education law. On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved its version of the education legislation, a week after the House passed a more 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…

‘Youngstown’ rule could apply to Lorain in two years

LORAIN — Lorain Schools has two years to get its academic numbers up, or it will face the fallout of a new system state legislators have crafted as a way to handle failures in struggling districts. The so-called “Youngstown Plan” is not Youngstown-centric in the way legislation is currently written. Therefore, Lorain — the only district besides Read More…

Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE 
Jeanine Donaldson, left,  executive director of Elyria YWCA; Erica Lasion, of Elyria Catholic Charities; Jason Williams, founder of Get With the Program; and Tony Richardson, of Nord Family Foundation,  listen as John Zitzner, president of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, describe a student workbook, at E Prep Cliffs Campus in Cleveland on May 9.

It was an eclectic mix of people who boarded a passenger van on a recent Friday morning at the Elyria YWCA. The community members, educators and leaders all headed to the east side of Cleveland with one goal in mind: to see what successes can be gleaned from other schools educating children of color that Read More…

School leaders hold summit

ELYRIA — The 16 superintendents of the Lorain County public education system convened Thursday with local business leaders to discuss three topics affecting education so much that a countywide summit was seen as the only way to tackle them. Issues of local control, testing and charter schools rise to the top for the county’s school Read More…

Elyria school board to interview six for vacancy

ELYRIA — School board members will conduct interviews Saturday for its newest member in a series of closed-door meetings. The meetings will allow current board members the opportunity to ask questions of the six Elyria residents that want to join the board. They are Kevin Brubaker, John Gooch, Rae Lynn Brady, James Backs, Merry Brown and Read More…

Wellington school board rescinds budget cuts after public outcry

WELLINGTON — The power of the public has saved Wellington Schools’ full-day kindergarten program and a speech pathologist for at least another year. On Tuesday, following community outrage over $2.4 million of proposed budget cuts to the school district and teachers’ salaries, the Board of Education decided to retain full-day kindergarten and keep Joanna Hornbeck Read More…