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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.


Mar 18, 2013

Passover begins next week. The Jewish holiday commemorates the mass exodus of Jews from Egypt. For eight days, observant Jews will eat Matzo, a symbolic dry, flat cracker,  also known for its cardboard taste. And that is what fueled the entrepreneurial spirit of an Atlanta couple.

Wayne Silverman has been making maple-nut matzo granola in his kitchen for more than 40 a way to actually eat something tasty during Passover.  He calls it Matzolah.

“I eat my Matzolah in every way possible; just snack on it, pop it in my mouth. I love to put it into yogurt.”

The Black Jewish Coalition was formed back in 1982 to fight for the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. Last night’s event was a reflection back on the bonds that have been created across these Atlanta communities over the last three decades. Sherry Frank was director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Community from 1981 to 2006. She says that while the coalition is not as active as it once was they still have causes to fight for.