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Graduation could be canceled at Danville middle schools

DANVILLE – For three years, 14-year-old Logan Taylor of Tilton has been looking forward to donning a graduation gown, walking down an aisle to "Pomp and Circumstance," and receiving a certificate.

But Logan and other eighth-graders at South View and North Ridge middle schools may have to wait four more years to do that. Danville school officials are recommending eliminating middle school graduation exercises starting this year.

13 people apply for 5 open slots on Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign voters could have more than a dozen choices to fill five open seats on the Champaign school board.

So far, 13 possible candidates have picked up nominating petitions.

Unit 4 gets more time to file plan

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school officials have more time to tell a federal judge how they will improve the education of the district's black students.

The district and representatives of its black families have been granted a five-and-one-half week extension to file a revised plan outlining how the district will meet the goals of its federal consent decree. The consent decree aims to eliminate disparities between black and white students in achievement, discipline, assignment to special education and inclusion in gifted classes, among other things.

Search begins for new Hoopeston superintendent

HOOPESTON – Hoopeston Area schools officials are preparing to launch a search for a permanent replacement for Superintendent Mark Conolly, who died in December.

"We're just now starting to talk about the process," interim Superintendent Don Dean said.

Senate leader makes school funding reform a priority

SPRINGFIELD – Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, used his inaugural address to loudly proclaim education funding reform as his top priority, despite the governor's opposition to the tax hikes such proposals rely upon.

Jones thanked Democrat Gov. Rod Blagojevich for putting more money toward schools over the last four years, but said that it did not go far enough.

Champaign schools seek input on foreign language program

CHAMPAIGN – Nancy Holm's three daughters have each studied a different language at Centennial High School – German, French and Spanish.

Holm would like to see the Champaign school district expand its foreign language program by offering classes to elementary students.

Champaign school board rejects charter school

CHAMPAIGN – The organizer of a charter school proposal said she will appeal the denial of the charter by the Champaign school board.

Andrea Carter also said she plans to go forward with her plans for an elementary school for boys who are struggling in the Champaign school district, and she will look at other options for funding the school – private donations and federal grant money.

Prep work begun for contract talks with Georgetown teachers

GEORGETOWN –The contract with district teachers is still in effect for another six months, but Georgetown Superintendent Kevin Tate said Monday the school board is preparing for negotiations.

Tate said the board's negotiating team is making some preliminary preparations and may have their first meeting with members of the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Education Association next month.

Literacy conference focuses on young readers

CHICAGO – A number of area teachers will be in Chicago later this week to learn more about helping young children learn to read.

The annual Early Literacy and Illinois Reading Recovery Conference offers professional development for teachers in reading instruction on Thursday and Friday. More than 1,000 teachers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana are expected to participate, including almost two dozen from Champaign.

Champaign board's decision on charter school coming

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' Charter Schools Law was intended to offer new options for parents and students and encourage grass-roots groups to develop innovative educational programs.

The law doesn't make it easy to establish a charter school, though. Organizers must seek the approval of local school districts, which stand to lose students and money if a charter school is established.