Dual-language program forum scheduled

URBANA — The Urbana school district is hosting a forum for parents about its dual-language program at 7 p.m. April 11, at Prairie Elementary, 2102 E. Washington St., U.

Those interested in learning more about the district's program are encouraged to attend. Applications for the program will be available at the forum.

Tom Kacich: Illinois ties Harvard — in lobbying expenses

The website used the NCAA basketball tournament to highlight the amount of money colleges and universities spend on lobbying in Washington.

The winner of its fifth annual "K Street Classic" is the University of California, which spent $740,000 on lobbying in 2012, easily defeating runner-up University of Pittsburgh at $540,000.

Deadlines nearing for kindergarten registration in C-U

Kindergarten registration dates and deadlines for both the Champaign and Urbana school districts are coming up.

In Urbana, kindergarten registration is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., U.

Event to show student talent, honor teachers

DANVILLE — The Danville Public School Foundation will celebrate excellence in teaching and spotlight the musical talents of students at "An Evening of Singing and Dancing."

The event will be held at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 201 Fairchild St., Danville.

Champaign promotes principal to business services chief

CHAMPAIGN — The school district will have a new executive director for business services next year, but the person hired is a familiar face.

The Champaign school board voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to hire current Bottenfield Elementary Principal Matt Foster to fill the business position starting July 1. He replaces late Chief Financial Officer Gene Logas, who died in June.

Illinois Farm Bureau honors Zwillings for their energetic promotion of agriculture

FISHER — They may not live on a farm now, but Brad and Paula Zwilling each grew up on farms and hope one day to own their own small livestock operation.

While they're working to make that happen, they are also passionately promoting agriculture through both their paid and volunteer work.

Thomasboro school board makes cuts

THOMASBORO — Cuts in sports and personnel are in the offing at Thomasboro Grade School.

The school board agreed to pare the number of sports offerings — in part due to low participation numbers — and several staff positions, partly due to questions over the availability of federal funds for the 2013-14 school year.

State seeks input on changes to special-education rules

For Larkin Armstrong, a Champaign first-grader who has special needs, spending time with her classmates without disabilities at school means they recognize her in the grocery store or around town as just another student who wants to learn.

Voters hear from Danville school incumbents, newcomers

DANVILLE — Voters got another chance to get to know the Danville school board candidates and their stance on a variety of issues at a second candidates' forum on Saturday.

School board to consider extending Wiegand's contract

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday will consider a contract extension for Superintendent Judy Wiegand, vote on a request for several new faculty and staff members next year and hear a report about next year's projected budget.