State education officials are back to the drawing board.
PARCC tests have been axed from state and federal funding after dismal reviews from the public. Ohio students will still be tested annually in accordance with Ohio standards and the federal No Child Left Behind requirements, but tests will not be so lengthy and will have a quicker result turn-around time. There are several standardized testing companies state officials could use, including A-I-R and alternative tests, such as the A-C-T Aspire, but no decisions have been made. Researchers are trying to determine which shorter test will meet state and federal standards as well as align with Common Core. Ohio is one of 14 states that have rejected PARCC.
Approximately 150 jobs are up for grabs in Bellevue as Tower Automotive is expanding their plant.
There will be 2 assembly lines added to produce a new high tech frame for one of the big three auto companies.
Donations are still needed for the annual fireworks in Norwalk this Fourth of July.
The show costs about 17-thousand dollars and about 2-thousand are still needed. The city of Norwalk hasn’t allocated funds for the show since 2010. If you’d like to donate to the July 4th fireworks at the fairgrounds, you can drop off your donation at city hall or mail a donation to P.O. Box 872, Norwalk, Ohio. Checks should be made out to the VFW with ‘fireworks’ in the memo.
Governor John Kasich made his belief that wealthier school districts should pay more in local taxes known on Tuesday night when he enacted 44-line-item vetoes on the new state budget.
While no district will lose any money in the 2015-2016 school year, one of the vetoes eliminated reimbursements for the 2016-17 year. Kasich killed $78 million dollars for tangible personal-property-tax reimbursements to school districts described at having a, quote, “higher local capacity to raise revenue to support their schools” through local tax levies. Some local schools will see virtually no change in the 2-year plan. Some, like Norwalk, Monroeville, Put-in-Bay and Sandusky will see increases. Local schools that will see a decrease in state funding for the 2016-17 school year include Port Clinton, Huron, Perkins, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Vermilion and Edison.
And while local schools are in everyone’s minds, the Sandusky area Stuff the Bus will have close to a dozen drop-off sites throughout the month to try to meet its goal of distributing 1-thousand backpacks to school children, grades K-5.
An estimated 2800 children in Erie County will go back to school this fall without the supplies needed for their academic success. Primary sponsors are the Ohio Business College, the Sandusky Mall, the United Way of Erie County, Vacationland Federal Credit Union and the Volunteer Center. You can to the “Stuff the Bus Erie County” page on Facebook for more information on how to donate.