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Yom Kippur

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Tuesday evening at sundown marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, which means the “Day of Atonement.” It’s considered the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Because it is a solemn observance, there is a prescribed time to reflect upon life, and to honor the memory of loved ones. 

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

The DeKalb County School District announced Tuesday it will change the dates of two mandatory standardized tests, after the original dates conflicted with Jewish and Muslim Holidays.

The district says it will move the Iowa Test of Basic Skills dates to earlier in September, while the Cognitive Abilities Test will move to early October.

DeKalb Schools had originally slated CogAT and ITBS testing from Sept. 8-11 and Sept. 14-25, respectively. Those dates conflicted with the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha.

A second grade student gets right to work as classes start at Greenwood Elementary School.
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Some DeKalb County parents are upset with the county school district for scheduling mandatory testing on Jewish and Muslim holidays.

The DeKalb School District has slated the Cognitive Abilities Test and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills from Sept. 8-11 and Sept. 14-25, respectively. The two tests are mandatory for children in grades 1, 3, 5 and 7, and help with placement in gifted and special programs.

This year’s testing dates, however, fall over the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha.