Superintendents register concerns about ISTEP testing

Dad pulls son out of ISTEP testing

A father in DeKalb County says he’s making his son stay home until the testing is over. He told NewsChannel 15 ISTEP is a flawed high stakes test that has too much money attached to it.

In this July 28, 2014 photo provided by Rachel Ricotta are microfibers, exceedingly fine plastic fibers, that were taken from inside the body of a Great Lakes fish. Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products. (AP Photo/Rachel Ricotta)

Senate panel passes ban on plastic beads polluting lakes

The particles known as microbeads are typically found in facial scrubs and toothpastes. Scientists recently found that anywhere from 1,500 to 1.1 million microbeads per square mile can be found in Great Lakes and they are showing up in fish caught for human consumption.