May 4, 2016

Elyria
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Browns: Training camp will remain in Berea in 2016; team seeking $5M from state for practice facility in Columbus to host future camps

Browns training camp is staying in Berea. At least for another summer. A team spokesman issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying the Browns will continue to host training camp at team headquarters in Berea for 2016. The Browns have been open about their desire to move training camp to a different part of the state, Read More…

Recovery plan proposed

LORAIN — State Sen. Gayle Manning, a former public school teacher, is ready to pull the public into a fight to keep Lorain Schools under local control. Faced with more state oversight if the troubled district can’t recover academically, Manning, R-North Ridgeville, is set to propose new legislation in March tailor-made for Lorain’s success to Read More…

To pay or not to pay: Sports funding challenges schools

ELYRIA — A state ban on “pay-to-play” scholastic athletic fees would be an unfunded mandate, the host of a public meeting on the subject said Thursday. “I don’t like pay to play, but I don’t want to see any extracurriculars eliminated,” state Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, told about 75 people at Lorain County Community College. Read More…

Ohio lawmakers poised to vote on charter school reform

COLUMBUS — After years of emotional public debate, Ohio is moving to overhaul its embattled charter-school system with new performance, accountability and reporting requirements, which supporters say could come just in time to secure millions of dollars in federal charter funding. House and Senate votes are expected Wednesday on sweeping legislation touted as signaling Ohio’s 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…

State Senate passes legislation allowing pharmacists to provide life-saving medication

AVON LAKE — A piece of legislation that would make it easier for people to obtain life-saving drugs like insulin in an emergency was passed Thursday by the Ohio Senate. Senate Bill 141 was prompted by the death of an Avon Lake man last year. Kevin Houdeshell, 36, was a diabetic whose prescription for insulin Read More…

Ohio House passes meningitis immunization requirement

COLUMBUS — Ohio students would have to be immunized against meningitis under a bill passed by the Legislature. The House approved it Thursday, sending it to the governor. If signed into law, it would require students to be immunized against meningococcal disease once they reach a certain age, which would be determined by the Ohio Read More…

UPDATED: Bill banning caffeine powder passes state Senate

COLUMBUS — Pure powdered caffeine couldn’t be sold in Ohio under legislation headed to the governor for his expected signature. The measure that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday also would prohibit sales of powdered alcohol. Passage of the bill follows the anniversary of a northeast Ohio teen’s overdose death from caffeine powder. Eighteen-year-old Logan Read More…

Ohio lawmakers agree to pass interim budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers trying to balance the state’s $54 billion budget have agreed to pass an interim budget, giving them another week to work out an impasse over a proposal to legalize slot machines at seven horse racetracks. Senate Finance Chairman John Carey will offer the measure as an amendment during a Monday Read More…