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A free lead testing event for kids age one to six is going on Thursday at Madison STEAM Academy in South Bend.

The city of South Bend, its school district and the South Bend Medical Foundation are continuing toward the goal of making lead testing available to every student under age six enrolled in South Bend Schools, and to their younger siblings.

Lead poisoning from soil or lead paint in homes is common among children who live in older housing and can cause learning and disciplinary issues.

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The South Bend Common Council’s Community Relations Committee held the first of what is expected to be several community meetings last night, in order to address growing problems within the city’s public schools.

No one at the meeting was denying that South Bend Schools has problems. With low test scores, disparities in discipline and achievement between white students and those of color, administration issues and others; there was plenty to talk about.