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Susan Smith-Harmon

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   As the start of the new school year fast approaches, more than 300 students who want to transfer out of the troubled Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts still don't know where they'll attend classes.  That's because of the limited availability of open seats in some districts they've applied to attend.  

   Many students didn't get into one of their first three choices of districts, or didn't list more than one choice.  So officials with the Cooperating School Districts have extended the application deadline for the still unassigned transfer students.  

   Families can submit a new list of choices.  Those who don't re-apply on the Cooperating School Districts website by noon Monday will not be able to transfer out of the unaccredited districts.

   All of the Normandy students transferring to Francis Howell Districts did get their requests filled.  About 2,400 Riverview Garden students have also received transfer assignments. 

IL Gov signs bill mandating insurance for athletes

Monday, 05 August 2013 02:51 Published in Local News

   CHICAGO (AP) - A new law says Illinois schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes.

   Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Sunday at Eisenhower High School in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island.

   Rasul "Rocky" Clark played football for Eisenhower until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a 2000 game.

   His care was provided through a $5 million insurance policy held by the school district. When that policy hit its limit, he relied on Medicaid and his mother. Clark's story fueled legislation sponsored by state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Democrat from Harvey and former NFL player.

   Under the legislation effective next year, a school's minimum policy will cover $3 million in aggregate benefits or five years of coverage.

 

State cites Belleville for flawed emergency plan

Monday, 05 August 2013 02:47 Published in Local News

   BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state regulators have cited the city of Belleville for gaps in its planning for tornadoes and other emergencies.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports the Illinois Department of Labor investigated after an alderwoman's complaint when tornado sirens sounded during a City Hall meeting and no effort was made to move people to safety.

   The Department of Labor conducted interviews in early June and determined employees lack training on the city's emergency plan. In a July 17 citation, the department gave Mayor Mark Eckert until Aug. 21 to submit a new written emergency plan.

   Eckert says that plan has been written and he's hoping to start drills this month at City Hall. The mayor says he wants the new plan approved by the City Council on Monday.

 

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