CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College President Robert Exley challenged faculty members to dream big dreams and to focus on excellence in their work with students and in the community.
"Imagine the ability of each of us to see the possible," said Exley, who's been head of the college since July 1, in a speech Monday to kick off a week of development activities for faculty members.
CHAMPAIGN – Central High School students facing suspension for certain rule violations this fall could instead be given an alternative form of discipline by fellow students.
The Champaign school district is proposing to try a "peer jury" at Central. The goal is to decrease suspensions, lessen the likelihood that offenders will receive another suspension and give students an active role in the disciplinary process.
RANTOUL – School board members Monday approved minor revisions to a 12-step conduct code for Rantoul Township High School.
District officials brought the plan to the board for "tweaks" and to review statistics from the past year with board members, according to Superintendent David Requa.
URBANA – Miguel Lucio doesn't need an Illinois driver's license to prove that he lives in Urbana and that his son, Miguel Jr., 10, should attend Urbana schools.
With his national ID card from Mexico, local bank statement and a letter from his son's school, he said at registration on Friday at Urbana Middle School, Lucio was able to register his son for another year at King Elementary School.
Problems with the state's standardized testing provider mean Illinois school districts will have to start the new school year without hearing whether they made adequate yearly progress last year.
"We have experienced delays with Harcourt (Assessment)," said Ginger Reynolds, a state assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. "Since we had trouble with test delivery in the spring, we've done lots and lots of quality assurance processes to make sure that the scores are accurate, and the districts have been great in helping with that."
CHAMPAIGN – The show will go on for a group of drama students from Central High School who leave today en route to London, then Scotland, despite the foiled terrorist plot to bomb international airplanes with liquid explosives.
The 22 students, some of whom already graduated, have been planning – and raising about $150,000 – to perform "The Laramie Project" in Edinburgh's renowned Fringe Festival for more than a year. They don't want to back out now.
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PEORIA – A federal judge has ordered the Champaign school district to tell him how it will comply with the requirements of its federal consent decree by 2009 and who will be responsible for doing so.
He also did not grant a request by the district for more time to add elementary seats in north Champaign, telling it to work with the plaintiffs and court monitor on the matter.
RANTOUL – A mediator has been called in to help Rantoul Township High School union members and administrators resolve stalled contract talks.
"The bargaining hasn't gone anywhere," said Gene Vanderport, area representative of the Illinois Education Association. "There's a considerable distance."
CHAMPAIGN – Maegan Winters is more than a little nervous about her first day at Central High School.
"It's new, and not as many people know you," she said. "It's a big school. I'm going to get lost, I know it, on the first day."