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Special guests help Willow School celebrate 100th Day of School

Board of Education members in Flossmoor School District 161 Monday rejected an emergency administration request for new computers to be used during the state-mandated PARCC standardized test, which students will begin taking later this month.

In a 5-2 vote, board members turned down the administration’s request to immediately spend $30,000 for 150 new Chromebook laptop computers that could used in administering PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. State education officials notified District 161 in December that PARCC is to be given with computers, rather than with papers and . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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