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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.
SPRINGFIELD – Bidding ends today on the first piece of the state's student loan portfolio, a sale to fund scholarships that were already promised to 70,000 middle-income students.
The winning bidder will give the Illinois Student Assistance Commission a lump sum in return for the borrowers' monthly principal and interest payments during the remaining life of the loans. ISAC expects to make enough to repay the bonds it sold to cover the loans initially, plus another $35 million or so.
DANVILLE – Kids can curl up with a good book and a good dog in the Danville Public Library Winter Read Aloud Program, which starts Saturday.
From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays through April 28, Sheltie dogs Indy and Teddy Bear will alternate weeks with readers sharing their favorite books. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Children's Department of the library for children in preschool through third grade.
Some lessons can't be taught in a textbook.
Learning how to feed or bathe a child with a disability. Seeing how others react when a disabled child visits the pool.
CHAMPAIGN – The music flows effortlessly as the violinist's fingers match, note for note, the piece played by instructor Stephanie Price.
It's a Bach concerto for two violins, favored by Price for the breadth of movement required by the violinist, and 8-year-old Haemin Han knows it by heart.
Young people from six school districts in Douglas and Edgar counties could find themselves attending the same cooperative high school within a few years.
School leaders from Shiloh, Kansas, Oakland, Chrisman and the two Paris school districts are considering a proposal to form a new high school that could have as many as 1,000 students.
The classrooms and hallways of schools may have been quiet this week, but they weren't empty.
While students and teachers got time off from class, the maintenance and custodial workers for the Champaign school district were ticking off the items on their to-do lists during winter break.
MONTICELLO – Friday morning had a gaggle of children seeing stegosauruses.
Andrew Erickson, 6, of Tuscola dug out what looked like a triceratops from a sandy rock.
URBANA – David Nash steps into a red car, buckles his seat belt and looks at classmate Okemas Pocan for directional help as he plans their trip to the movies and McDonald's.
But something's weird here.
It's a school superintendent's nightmare: A 3-year-old girl riding a school bus fails to get off at her stop and spends more than two hours locked in the bus barn.
Area superintendents say they rely on training, drivers' familiarity with their passengers and other practices to prevent that from happening in their districts. When they buy new buses, they purchase them with automatic alarms that require drivers to walk the length of the bus before they can shut it down.