August 28, 2015

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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…