February 7, 2016

Elyria
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Scholarships, tutoring offered in effort to save Syrian ‘lost generation’

ZARQA, Jordan — Until recently, Syrian refugee Eyad Zoulghena only had bad options. The 22-year-old, forced to quit law school when he fled his homeland in 2012, could choose to keep working in a supermarket in Jordan to feed his parents and four siblings, effectively putting his future on hold. He could risk a dangerous Read More…

Reading, writing and computer science: Students as young as kindergarten getting exposed to technology

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Moving her finger over the laptop trackpad, 6-year-old Lauren Meek drags and drops a block of code to build a set of instructions. She clicks the “run” button and watches as the character moves through a maze. She then pumps her fist in excitement. “Yes! This is so easy,” says Meek, a Read More…

Report: Schoolchildren spent 2.3 percent of classroom time taking standardized tests

WASHINGTON — Students, parents and teachers have long lamented the hours that kids spend taking standardized tests, especially since the introduction of the Common Core academic standards. But just how much time each year? A. Between 10-15 hours. B. Between 20-25 hours. C. Between 30-35 hours. The correct answer is “B,” according to a comprehensive Read More…

School leaders’ letter seeks support

Lorain County superintendents, who are known to be vocal when it comes to expressing what they think about educational decisions made on the state level with local effects, are calling for superintendents across the state to start using their voice as power. Local educators sent an email Monday to superintendents across Ohio, as well as Read More…

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…