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No waivers for mandated student testing this year

With 60% of Homewood students learning remotely, District 153 school administrators are trying to figure out how it can coax them to return to classrooms for five days of mandated state testing.

Under the rules, District 153 should show a 95% testing participation rate, but Kathy Schaeflein, District 153 director of curriculum, said schools won’t be obliged to meet that standard for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness exam this year. 

“We need to give (the test) in person, so we will invite those kids who are remote learners to come in and take . . .

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Summer events

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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